Last updated: 05:01 PM ET, Thu January 14 2016

You Can Now Bring Turkeys on Airplanes, Apparently

Entertainment | Donald Wood | January 14, 2016

You Can Now Bring Turkeys on Airplanes, Apparently

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Delta Air Lines passengers were shocked over the weekend when a man boarded a flight with a live turkey by his side.

Reddit user biggestlittlepickle took to the Internet to share an image of a turkey on a plane, saying that the picture was taken by his neighbor who was a flight attendant. The reddit user also shared another image of the turkey being transported via wheelchair to and from the plane.

How can a live turkey be permitted on a plane, you ask? In 1986, Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act, allowing service animals to fly on planes. With more and more animals being classified as emotional support animals, the kind of livestock on a plane can vary.

Everything from a horse to a pig to a dog has been permitted to board planes to help the passengers feel more comfortable during a stressful flight, as long as the owner has the proper documentation from a mental health professional.

In a statement from Delta, the airline said, “While we can't always accommodate all pets, Delta employees made a judgment call based in part on extensive documentation from the customer. We review each case and make every effort to accommodate our customers’ travel needs while also taking into consideration the health and safety of other passengers.”


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