Passengers on-board a Delta flight were left feeling horrified after witnessing a woman breastfeed her pet cat mid-air. The passenger allegedly refused to stop the act, despite frantic pleas from the flight crew.
It’s Feeding Time
A now-viral screenshot of what looks like a pilot messaging system suggests that a female passenger on-board Delta Air flight DL1360 to Atlanta begun feeding her pet cat from her breasts. She reportedly refused to stop when she was called out for how inappropriate her behaviour was. The ACARS memo read:
Pax (passenger) in (seat) 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when FA (flight attendant) requested.
The pilot went ahead to request that the airline’s Redcoat ground team reprimand the passenger once she got off the plane.
This is not the first time the airline is having issues related to animals on-board flights, only that in most cases, the animals tend to be the ones acting up and not their owners.
Delta Air Lines has seen an 84 per cent increase in incidents involving emotional support animals in recent years. This has forced them to stiffen regulations.
The rules typically require that animals accompanying passengers, mainly small dogs and cats, must stay in a case under a seat for the entire duration of the flight.
Emotional Support Animals
Unlike service animals that assist their owners with a disability, emotional support animals help their owners deal with mental health related problems such as anxiety, PTSD and depression.
Not all airlines allow these animals onto the planes. In 2019, a miniature pony made the news when she accompanied her owner on a flight.
The horse, called Flirty, has her own Instagram and Twitter accounts. Her owner recalled her experience travelling with the pony:
Once we got up to cruising altitude, she took a nap and was very quiet. That being said, I’m going to keep travelling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such.