CONNECTICUT — That funky smell you’ve just noticed in Economy? Turns out the culprit may not be the guy who’s just taken his shoes off, it’s the pig sitting next to him.
In the latest edition of Emotional Support Animals Gone Wild, a photo of a woman carrying her rowdy pet pig off a US Airways flight is making the rounds on social media, three years after the hog-wild incident. Taken in December 2014 onboard a US Airways flight from Connecticut, the photo shows the woman and her emotional support pig disembarking the plane prior to takeoff.
Turns out, pigs just want to be pigs, even onboard airplanes. According to passengers, the animal kept walking up and down the aisles, emitting odours the way pigs are generally known to do. There were reports it even defecated in the aisle.
At first, many thought it was an oversized duffel bag – that is, until it started to oink. University professor Jonathan Skolnik told ABC: “It turns out it wasn’t a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash.”
The owner attempted to strap the animal to an armrest but it refused to settle down. Perhaps it was gunning for an upgrade?
Eventually, the two were asked to leave the plane. How does a pig disembark a flight, you ask? Easy, thrown over the shoulder of its owner like a duffel bag. You can’t see the woman’s face in the photo, but her hog looks as happy as a pig in, well, you know.