I’m not a pet owner and not really interested in being one, but I do understand the affection many have for their “children” and I had to chuckle at how well a fish was looked after on a recent American Airlines flight…was this an emotional support fish?
An Emotional Support Fish On American Airlines? In Any Case, A Clever Means Of Transport
A video posted to Passenger Shaming, one of my favorite Instagram accounts, showcases what at first glance may look like a catheter bottle wedged into a seatback pocket on an American Airlines Airbus A321…
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But pay attention for a moment and you’ll see something swimming in it…a fish! I’m not sure what apparatus was used to push air into the water bottle, but clearly, the little fish seemed to be doing okay at 38,000 feet.
Which of course raises the question: was this an emotional support fish? Technically speaking, U.S. carriers no longer must accommodate emotional support animals in passenger cabins (there is a mile-wide loophole for dogs). The days of ponies and peacocks onboard are now (thankfully) relics of the past.
But an emotional support fish could still slip by and even enter the cabin without a pet fee.
There’s still the open question of how the fish got through a security checkpoint when TSA does not allow liquids through (crew members are exempted). However, that is an easy enough mystery to solve…empty bottles are permitted so the passenger probably had the fish in a bag whose volume was less than 300mL (3.5 oz) and then transferred the fish (carefully…) into the water bottle after security.
No shame in transporting a fish across the country. That’s one of the few creatures I would feel comfortable with on a plane, provided it is small and stays in its water bottle.
You have to wonder what was on the first class menu on the flight, right? Hopefully not fresh fish…
I’m really not for dogs on airplanes, but there’s nothing fishy about a fish onboard.