Coooomfort Turkey

ruffles feathers

In 1986, Congress passed the Air Carrier Access Act, allowing service animals to fly on planes and ensuring they can’t be removed simply on the grounds that other passengers object. That turkey, or other emotional support animals, requires documentation from a mental health professional. It can’t walk about the cabin and can’t do their business during the flight (after 8 hours the animal’s owner must plan for the clean disposal of waste), something that must be a written guarantee from the human passenger. They also can’t block aisles or take up seats near the emergency doors.

Or in the case of a turkey — about 8 minutes.

In a statement to USA Today, Delta said by letting the turkey fly, they complied with the Air Carrier Access Act. “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’s travel needs while also taking into consideration the health and safety of other passengers.”

….But airlines face fines as high as $150,000 for refusing requests for legitimate support animals, and as those requests increase, so does the threat of a lawsuit.

…”The airlines and everyone on board will have to live with it,”

That’s a full-growed, wild Tom Turkey. You know how strong they are?

Comforting…

18 Comments!

  1. Fawkes News (Barack Lies Matter)
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 9:34 am |

    Ya sure that’s not Bernie Sanders?

  2. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 9:35 am |

    Uproariously hilarious perfect metaphor.
    LMAO!!!!!!

    ( I don’t fly :)

  3. Another Bob
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 9:46 am |

    “That’s a full-growed, wild Tom Turkey. You know how strong they are?”

    Well, the smell is fowl.

  4. SondraK, Queen of SondraKistan
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 10:03 am |

    That’s it. I’m getting a service Kangaroo.
    It’s getting quite stressful trying to fit all my weapons into a purse.

  5. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 10:15 am |

    ^Sondra… fit all my weapons…
    If the service kangaroo isn’t frisked or xrayed, then I want to travel with you.

    I was just thinking, if somebody’s psyche is so fragile or fucked up to need a “comfort animal”*spit*, I’d probably rather travel with the animal than the person.
    I call utter bullshit on the whole thing. Airlines should tell those snowflakes to crawl back into their “safe space”*spit*.

  6. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 10:48 am |

    Gives “cattle class” a new meaning (okay, old meaning).

  7. rickn8or
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 10:56 am |

    (Obligatory “Wild Turkey is my comfort beverage” comment.)

  8. Fawkes News (Barack Lies Matter)
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 11:10 am |

    ^ I definitely prefer Wild Turkey to Southern Comfort.

  9. Nomen Nescio
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 11:19 am |

    Flew home for Thanksgiving. Brought the comfort turkey. Turkey only needed a one way ticket.
    Brought the comfort hog along for Christmas. Needed a two way ticket for the hog. (You don’t eat a hog that good all at once.)

  10. staghounds
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 11:53 am |

    I’ve had to sit beside a buffalo now and then.

  11. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm |

    Shut it the heck up or it’s comfort food!

    Did it go through the x-ray machine?
    Can you order a special meal for it?
    Can a comfort animal bring along its own comfort animal?
    How do they know that this guy isn’t smuggling turkeys?*
    __________
    * Ref joke:
    Guy rides a bicycle carrying a basket of food across the border every day for months, and every day the border guards search him.
    Eventually one of the border guards gets frustrated enough to say, “Look, we know you’re smuggling something, but we can’t figure out what it is. We’ll let you off, if you tell us what it is.”
    His answer: “Bicycles.”

  12. Guaman
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 1:49 pm |

    Well now – it seems like the fella on the famous WKRP episode about Thanksgiving was indeed correct, as the FAA is our witness, turkeys can fly.

  13. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 2:35 pm |

    ^ Dammit!!!!!!!

  14. ZZMike
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 8:28 pm |

    In Jolly Ol’ England, a Muslim woman got on a bus with her “service animal”: a Shetland pony. Dogs are tabooo, don’t ya know.

  15. staghounds
    Posted January 15, 2016 at 8:45 pm |

    Meanwhile on US Air-

    http://www.zdnet.com/article/us-airways-responds-to-social-media-attacks-after-blind-man-and-dog-removed-from-flight/

  16. OldFert
    Posted January 16, 2016 at 10:06 am |

    And how about if I’m deathly afraid of turkeys? Does my emotional discomfort trump turkeyman’s emotional comfort?

  17. ZZMike
    Posted January 16, 2016 at 7:14 pm |

    OldFert : It’s OK – dindephobia is a defined ailment treatable with Obamacare.

  18. mojo
    Posted January 17, 2016 at 10:50 am |

    “Whadda ya mean, no service Wolverines?”