Emotional support animals are there to offer comfort for those who suffer from mental health disorders. These animals are not trained. They are not service animals and in a recent report by AJC.com, a Delta airline passenger was bitten by an emotional support animal.
Anthony Black, a Delta spokesperson, made this statement regarding the incident: "During the boarding process, a passenger's emotional support animal bit another passenger."
The incident occurred on Flight 1430 at Hartsfield-Jackson National Airport on Boeing 737-900ER headed to San Diego, according to JCR.com.
Fox 5 first reported the incident and quoted a witness who claimed, "The gentleman's face was completely bloody... his shirt covered in blood."
The flight was delayed and the owner, injured passenger, and the dog were escorted off the plane.
In a police report, they claimed the injured passenger, Marlin Jackson, was taken to the hospital and was "in [a] stable condition, but [suffered a] severe injury to the face due to several dog bites [from a chocolate lab pointer mix]."
The dog was kept inside of a dog crate and was allowed to fly, then he was released to his owner, Marine Corps member, Ronald Kevin Mundy, Jr. He explained the dog was prescribed to him for support. No charges have been pressed against Mundy.
Delta's website explains that service animals are allowed on their flights, but they must travel in kennels unless they are "trained and meet same requirements as a service animal."