An American Airlines passenger took her miniature horse on a flight as a service animal.
An American Airlines passenger took her miniature horse on a flight from Chicago, Illinois, to Omaha, Nebraska.
The 135-pound service animal named Flirty, was quite the celebrity on flight AA3501.
Attracting attention from all on board, she reportedly stood calmly near the front of the plane for the duration of the flight.
After arriving in Omaha, the excited flight crew took a picture with Flirty which was posted on her own Instagram account.
The 7-year-old mare reminds her owner to take her medication and provides support when she becomes overwhelmed.
Due to allergies, the owner cannot use a more traditional service animal like a dog.
“We recognize the important role trained service dogs, cats and miniature horses can play in lives of those with disabilities, including, but not limited to visual impairments, deafness, seizures, and mobility impairments,” an American Airlines spokesperson told TODAY.
“They are welcome in the cabin, at no charge, if they meet the requirements.”
According to the American Miniature Horse Association, the animals are often between two and three feet tall and weigh between 150 and 250 pounds, with an average life span of at least 30 years.