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A request pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act turned up the following accounts of how a pig managed to fly first-class on a major airline last fall. It all seems to be in the eye of the beholder: On Oct. 17, 2000, [US Airways] transported a large pig, classified as a service animal for a qualified individual with a disability from Philadelphia International to Seattle-Tacoma airport. The animal accompanied the individual in front of seats 1A in the first-class section of a B-757 … . We find no violation of the [federal regulations] under consideration, and consider the matter closed. – A government investigator During the boarding process, one of the flight attendants advised me that a specially trained animal, (a pig) accompanying a passenger, would be boarded in the first-class cabin … . During the en route portion of the flight, I went aft to check on the animal and found it covered with a blanket and quietly sleeping at the feet of the passenger that it was accompanying. After awakening the pig, which appeared no bigger than a medium-size dog, it became excited but finally left the aircraft. – An airline pilot The pig weighed at least 300 pounds … . It was so large that the ladies traveling with it had to place their feet on the wall the whole time. The pig did not move the whole flight but on deplaning, it did not want to get off. It cornered [someone] … and made a … noise that rang though the whole cabin. It was apparent that the pig was not a trained assist animal. – A flight attendant We were inflight and I came up to see how big the pig was. To my surprise, it was huge. We were told it only weighed 100 lbs. It was larger than they (the agents) let on … . During deplaning [people] accompanied the pig. [They] had a hard time handling the pig. The pig was squealing and scared. Then right in the boarding area in front … the pig peed in the gate area … . – Another flight attendant The pig was not less than 100 pounds. It was at least 250-300 pounds. It pooped in the jetway and the pig handlers never made an attempt to clean it up … . When we arrived in Seattle and everyone else had deplaned, I walked up from the back with my bags and witnessed these two women struggling with this pig — trying to get it off the plane. The pig was squealing loudly and appeared to be becoming agitated. The older woman pulled on the leash while the younger woman pushed from behind … . We all walked up the jetway area where the pig stopped and urinated on the carpet. If we had hit turbulence, there was no way to contain this 300-pound pig that could have seriously hurt someone … . Whoever allowed this pig to be brought onboard our airline owes every one of us crew members an apology, and then they need to have their butt kicked. – Another flight attendant I had taken it upon myself to upgrade [the passenger with the pig] for the reason of convenience of all involved. I had put her in First Class, in the first row to allow enough room to travel comfortably, and have easy access on and off the aircraft without inconveniencing all others who were traveling that day. – A US Airways official A conference call was held today [by US Airways officials]. It was agreed that the pig would not be transported in the cabin on the return flight from [Seattle]. – Another US Airways official

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