A man who is reportedly a 100%-disabled Vietnam Veteran was kicked off of a small commercial aircraft after the airline employees determined that his service dog was “too large” to be properly seated for the flight.
The incident -recorded by a passenger and pilot- allegedly took place in August of 2013 when a Vietnam Veteran and his Golden Retriever service dog boarded a US Airways flight.
The airline objected to the dog sitting in the seat next to the veteran (though it is common practice for those with service dogs to attempt to secure a spare seat to give a dog room, be it by purchase or request), asking that the dog lie on the floor. Due to the size of the aircraft, the man objected, citing that there was very little room on the floor for the animal.
According to the poster, the dog “was behaving beautifully” while the incident went on. When the man stood up and told the crowd he was sorry, but that he would not yield.
When police came to escort him away, one officer remained and asked addressed the passengers.
“Folks we are going to see how you feel the situation was handled,” the officer allegedly said. “Do you think it was right for this man to be escorted off of this aircraft?”
The plane erupted with a thunderous “NO!”
It is unknown if the man was ever reimbursed or put on another flight.
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