A super-cute gang of French Bulldogs who were meant to comfort a passenger during a flight caused massive delays after they became too nervous about flying!
By, 27 Oct 2019
More and more people are turning to emotional support dogs to help them deal with stressful situations. Service dogs regularly make appearances at hospitals, workplaces, and even university campuses around exam time.
They're also being used to help some passengers overcome their fear of flying! Stroking or cuddling a pooch reduces several physical and mental symptoms, including anxiety, high blood pressure, and depression.
Things don't go to plan!
But things didn't quite go to plan during a recent flight from Gatwick to Austin after the emotional support dogs tasked with keeping their owner calm became too distressed to fly.
The French Bulldogs had been cleared to fly but began showing signs of stress while the plane was waiting to take off.
Emotional support dogs were removed from a flight due to the dogs "showing signs of distress in the cabin." https://t.co/MKcdABhEeG— euronews (@euronews) October 24, 2019
The pups were given a few chances to calm down, but unfortunately, the captain was forced to make the difficult decision to remove the dogs and their owner from the plane.
"Flight DI7181 from Gatwick to Austin had not yet departed when the captain took the decision to offload emotional support dogs and their two owners at the gate due to the dogs showing signs of distress in the cabin."
Do these support dogs need their own support dogs?
The pups' antics delayed takeoff by an hour and a half, which then had a knock-on effect on several other planes waiting to depart!
It's unclear if the pups and the owner made it onto a later flight or whether they had to cancel their travel plans. Either way, it looks like these support dogs need a little bit more training before they take to the skies again!