Ouch! Delta Airlines Passenger Gets Mauled By Emotional Support Dog On Board Atlanta Flight


A passenger on board Delta Airlines had an unexpected and rather terrible encounter with an emotional support animal of a fellow traveler: He was bitten by a dog!

The passenger had to be taken off the flight to receive medical attention after the attack from the animal that was there to provide comfort to his owner.

This latest incident pushes the emotional support animal craziness in the US to yet another level after we covered the topic many times over the years with people carrying Turkeys, huge dogs and even a pony on board their flight.

But where does this stop? Where is the line of a passengers right to travel unharmed and the right of another passenger with whatever disability requiring an emotional support animal.

Fox5 Atlanta (see here) reported from Atlanta Airport where the incident occurred.

Frightening moments out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport after a Delta spokesperson said a passenger was bitten by an emotional support dog aboard a Delta flight.

Delta said the passenger had to be taken off the flight to receive medical attention. Passenger, Bridget Maddox-Peoples said it appeared the man was mauled by the dog and was badly injured.

“The gentleman’s face was completely bloody, blood in his eyes, cheeks, nose, his mouth, his shirt was covered in blood,” said Maddox-Peoples.

Maddox-Peoples said the dog was possibly a lab mix weighing about 50 pounds.  She also said the victim was sitting by the window and the dog’s owner was in the middle seat with his dog. Another passenger said he saw the dog sitting in his owner’s lap. …

“Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN,  a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger’s emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accomodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel.”

Another passenger tells FOX 5’s Nathalie Pozo that the dog’s owner was described by the flight crew as a “combat veteran” and that the man was cradling the dog in his arms in the gate area and that the crew saw him weeping, repeatedly saying, “I know they’re going to put him down.”

This is really the final straw of the entire affair involving ‘Emotional Support Animals’ since not only do they inconvenience other passengers but now also attack and injure others.

Why do people have the right to their own emotional needs taken care of on the expense of the safety and security of other passengers? Simply crazy and out of touch.


The dog should have been on the floor, not on the lap of the passenger. Also a mouth basket should be absolutely mandatory for all dogs. I don’t think that would be such an outrageous limitation to the existing law until a proper, permanent solution for this matter has been found.

The injured passenger is now incurring medical expenses which he will have to recover from either the owner of the dog or his insurance. Who will be legally liable for this incident? The airline is forced by law to take these animals on board if the documentation is in order. Was it permitted that the dog was sitting on the owners lap or could Delta staff have undermined that? What a pain (no pun intended).

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