Mmm... Delicious... You Must Have Stepped In Vomit On Your Way to the Airport, Am I Right?

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1
I love you Dan, but you complain a LOT.
2
Ableism, on SLOG? I'm shocked.
3
Oh NOOOOOOO! How awful.
4
What a cute doggie! He can fly with me anytime.
5
Dear Jesus,

Next time let it be a pit bull.
6
Not sure what the title of your piece refers to; really, I don't.
7
I'd be stoked to sit next to that dog for a few hours, personally, but have zero tolerance for crazy-ass plane people. I can think of very few good reasons to bring your dog on a plane.
8
I think crazy trumps allergic/asthmatic. I'm sure if you explained your situation to the crew before they shut the door, they'd let you ride a later, dog-free plane.
9
Sounds like a better time than 90% of my flights.
10
that sounds horrible. they don't serve peanuts anymore on most planes because of peoples allergies, and i assume more people are allergic (i guess not deathly) to dogs than to peanuts
11
Thank you, Dan. You made me smile. Wish I had that exact problem today, instead of what is on my plate. Sorry for the asthma attack, though, and I'm glad you're okay.
12
The FA's should have swapped you with another first class passenger if you told them about your asthma. You did tell them right? Or did it not matter the distance due to the hermetically sealed tube?
13
Dan, you are adorable when you're indignant.
14
Um, perhaps next time forgo the complimentary soda water and instead have 4 or 5 complimentary vodka sodas? You might still have allergies, but at least you'll be drunk (and one would assume, more affable towards your canine companion.)
15
I'm totally with FA #2.
16
So what happened when you asked the FA to be moved to a different seat?
17
if you're as allergic/asthmatic as you claim, doesn't sitting next to this dog warrant a health risk that would make it totally reasonable for you to MOVE? jesus.
18
i think petting a nice golden would calm me down (i'm a nervous flier), but i'm not allergic to dogs.

now, a horse on a plane is something i'd like to see. see, mind you, not have an 8 hour flight with.
19
I had a woman sitting next to me on an international flight with a dog, who was only too pleased to tell me about how she got some bullshit diagnosis so she could get her dog labeled as a "service animal" or "companion animal".
20
Charles?
21
I always bring my service Orca on plane rides with me.

Keeps the pitbulls from disturbing my sleep.
22
@5 for the win.
Sweet Jesus.
23
Look at the disappointment on the dog's face. I'm guessing the dog had something different in mind, road-trip wise.
24
um, haven't you written about keeping a dog in your own house? would you be less indignant if the person sitting next to you had been blind?
25
Dan, just about the only thing, the only single thing, that I don't like about you is how much complain about dogs. Christ, man. The relationship between man and dog goes back longer than agriculture. Suck it up. If your allergies are that bad either get some exposure therapy or carry your inhaler.

"Some people might be allergic" is about the worst possible reason for us to stop doing things. The less we do things, the more people will wind up being allergic to them. Sterility is bad for you. It is to health what "Some people might be offended" is to culture.
26
Wait . . . does Stinker give you asthma attacks?
27
http://www.ada.gov/qasrvc.htm

A "service animal" is basically a medical device. I'm not sure that a "companion animal" has any medical necessity. A registered service animal has to be allowed, a companion animal doesn't.

but yeah, next time you can just ask to switch seats.
28
Wow, normally I'm 100% a Dan fan, but what a whiny, presumptuous, bigoted post. You have no idea why she needed that dog (unless, of course, you asked her and failed to mention it in the post). She could have a severe anxiety disorder, maybe even a flying-related disorder, and petting the dog might be the only thing that keeps her from having a full-on panic attack. Dismissing her as "crazy" is really low.

Agree with others. If you're allergic, you should have asked to be moved. Totally reasonable request, I'm sure they would have honored it. Passively-aggressively insulting the woman online over her need for a service animal doesn't help you any, and doesn't make you look any better than the religious chauvinists you disdain.
29
whatever. i hate dogs. so very much. and yeah i get that some people without visible disability need them, but it sounds like this lady was being additionally flaky and expecting people to cater to her. also, whatever happened to human escorts for crazy/unabalanced people?
30
Not sure which is more annoying:
a) people with "service dogs" who are not blind
b) people who expect everyone to drop whatever they are doing because of a mild case of asthma
31
Sounds pretty nuts, but I think I'd still prefer that to having somebody's screaming baby next to me.
32
It didn't happen to be Amy Tan did it?
33
@29, "whatever happened to human escorts for crazy/unabalanced people?"

You seem to be assuming that every disabled person is independently wealthy/has incredible health coverage and can afford a full-time caretaker.
34
Boo-fucking-hoo. Chances are this woman has a mental illness (probably an anxiety disorder) that makes flying a very unpleasant experience for her. Reducing her to "crazy lady" is a dick move. Instead of asking the flight attendants "WTF" like a typical passive-aggressive Seattlite, you could have asked to switch seats with someone who might not be allergic.
35
@ 1 and 5 FTW (and I'm usually with Dan about pit bulls).

@ 15 and 31, I'm going to make sure my family sits in your row next flight you take.
36
Fortunately you were seated in first class and had free soda/snacks and a complementary change of diaper.

37
what everyone else said, plus: at least you were in first class where there was some semblance of space between you and the dog. Plus I'm thinking of my friend who moved across the country last week and took both of her cats on the plane with her - nope, not service animals, that's just how they roll with cats I guess.

I think Dan just likes to screw with us with thse posts. Is there some sort of prize at the Stranger for Slog posts that whip everyone into a frenzy?

Mini horses? That I'd like to see.
38
@15, 31

I'm with you. I'll take the pooch over the screaming rugrats any day.
39
29 also assumes dan's "diagnosis" is correct, and also implicitly assumes that this woman's diagnosis is anybody and everybody's business.

"crazy" people and the blind aren't the only ones who use service dogs. considering people with disabilities occasionally fly on airplanes, and people with disabilities sometimes have service dogs, it's a safe assumption there may be service dogs on your flight. carry your inhaler with you, and while you're at it take ownership of your personal well-being rather than blaming your problems on the "crazy" person sitting next to you. problem solved.

40
What did we say about tracking off-the-rack-unwashed-indigo jeans, athletic socks, and grubby Nike sneakers onto the plane? BAD local gay icon! BAD! No more champagne cocktails for you.
41
As someone who has overcome a nasty case of the fear of flying, I would have loved to have a widdle puppy with me on those recovery flights. Alas, as I try not to be too annoying, a glass of wine, some visualization exercises, and a nervous but friendly short conversation with the stranger next to me was what I settled for. I flew over 40,000 miles last year (mostly comfortable, though Vietnam Air could take those take offs and landings a wee bit more gently). I love dogs and would have been thrilled to have this baby as my seat companion. You should have asked to move. Oh, and I'm also with FA#2...
42
Better to have a dog than to have no one. Dan, for being such a pot friendly fellow (the second hand smell of which, along with cigarettes, offends many who have to tolerate it), you sure are quick to judge what is therapeutic to some people.
43
@29: somebody needs a big wet kiss from a doggy, lucy van pelt!
44
Better for her to have a dog than to have no one. Dan, for being such a pot friendly fellow (the second hand smell of which, along with cigarettes, offends many who have to tolerate it), you sure are quick to judge what is therapeutic to some people.
45
I ask to move 35, if I can hear them over the noise cancelling headphones. But I was required to behave in public, so what do I know?
46
"Some people might be allergic" is about the worst possible reason for us to stop doing things. The less we do things, the more people will wind up being allergic to them.

You know that's bullshit, right? Of course you do.

Personally, I love dogs. LOVE. THEM. Had lots of dogs growing up, was totally allergic to them, really enjoyed them. But I passionately hate the overwhelming majority of dog owners. I don't know what the causality is -- if getting a dog makes someone nuts or if only crazy people get dogs -- but the attitudes of dog owners towards their animals, and their expectations with regard to how much other people should have to accommodate their animals, are, in my experience, almost universally insane.

One good example? The inability to distinguish between the legal rights of children and the legal rights of dogs. A dog is not a human being, and if you can't keep that fact firmly in mind, you shouldn't fucking own one.
47
White socks?
48
If your anxiety is so bad that you go crazy during a flight... YOU ARE A CRAZY PERSON!!!
49
Better to have a dog than to have no one. Dan, for being such a pot friendly fellow (the second hand smell of which, along with cigarettes, offends many who have to tolerate it), you sure are quick to judge what is therapeutic to some people.
50
Oh wah. If you're that deathly allergic to dogs then you should be informing the airlines whenever you book a ticket, carrying your medication with you at all times, and asking to be moved immediately when a Very Large Dog ends up being seated next to you on a plane.
51
My dogs surround you in hell, Dan.
52
You should get a service lion for your dog allergies.
53
To everyone that wants to fly next to this dog, I hope you'll also enjoy flying next to a therapy snake.
54
A dog? I should have been so lucky. I flew on a fucking 4 hour flight with a bitch who brought a SNAKE! She had a note from some sicko psychiatrist who said the snake was a service animal. No offense to people who struggle with mental illnesses - I understand how difficult life must be. But, I draw the line at having to fly with a fucking SNAKE.
55
Ugh. Dan Savage, you're such a whiny little bitch. For real. If you have allergies, carry the shit you need to allow for that - antihistamines, inhaler, epi-pen, whatever - like the rest of us. I'm allergic to some perfume, and while I find it in poor taste when people bathe in the stuff, my allergies are my own problem. You're always up in arms about SOMEthing. It's boring.
56
@54: Samuel L. Jackson presumably feels your pain.
57
@53 - Oh my God. I swear I hadn't read your post before I posted mine. Happened to me early last year.

I had never heard of folks bringing along their snake as a form of therapy and I admit that I pitched a royal fit about paying $900 to fly in a first class seat with a snake in the row in front of me.

What about my mental health? I'm terrified of snakes and nearly shit my pants every time I saw that damn thing.
58
Well, Sloggy, it wouldn't be much of a blog if all he did was write about how wonderful and rosy and happy everything was, would it? I'll bet you wouldn't spend much time here. If that's what you want, go join the fucking Hari Krishnas or something.
59
Dan, you STILL don't believe in a God/Goddess/Deity with a sense of humor after this?
60
I'm 100% with Dan on this one. I'm astonished at the backlash I'm seeing here in the comments. But that goes to show you how insane Seattle's dog culture has gotten. I know you love your dogs more than children, but at least children will learn to talk and stop drooling.
61
Give me a well-behaved dog ---hell, even a caged snake--- over a screeching child on a plane any day of the week.
62
I've flown most every week for the past 12 years, and frankly, it's a lot more pleasant to be near a dog than near a baby/small child.
63
do you know if she had to pay for that thing to ride in the cabin?
i now have to pay $125 ONE WAY to fly my cat. she rides tucked way under the seat, does not come out, and takes up no more room than my carryon.
so often, her round trip is just as much as mine.

no i don't take her with me as a "service animal." i work abroad for a chunk of the year and she has to move to another place while i'm gone.
if a service animal is free, i think i might try that. i would still leave her under the seat and try to to get in people's faces, but the fee is just ridiculous.
ok, commence trouncing me for saying that.
64
uh, typo. try NOT to get in peoples faces. i meant to say try really hard to keep her tucked away and allergics like Dan dander-free.
65
Being able to breathe is a pretty fundamental right last I checked. Thank you, Dan, for raising awareness of what people with pet allergies have to deal with. I love critters of all sorts, and I recognize that many serve very important functions for people, but there need to be ways to allow them without risking the health of other people.

What I find really hilarious is how many dog/cat owners freak out at the idea of someone keeping a pig or a snake as a pet and carrying them around. At least those are more hygienic and less likely to cause allergies in people around them.
66
I'm sympathetic to Dan's complaint, having MANY allergy sufferers in my family (we're also animal lovers though, so it makes for a strange combo). But OMG, dude, YOU COULD HAVE ASKED TO CHANGE YOUR SEAT. Guarantee you 50 percent of the folks in first class would have been delighted to swap so they could spend the flight with a well-behaved golden retriever. Anxiety issues are real, and trust me, you didn't want to be sitting next to someone having an anxiety attack (or have the plane rerouted because of it).
67
The number of people who are allergic enough to cats and dogs to suffer discomfort from just travelling in the same plane with one is incredibly small; dogs and cats aren't banned from all airplanes for the same reason that nuts aren't banned from all restaurants: however horrible allergies to animals may be for their sufferers, there simply aren't that many people who are sufficiently allergic for it to be a problem.

Not that I don't sympathize with people who are deathly allergic: I do. But it is those people's responsibility to ensure that they protect their health. If sitting close to a dog triggers your allergies, then ask to be moved. If you can't even be in the same airplane as a dog, then you need to make special arrangements.
68
Stinker's a poodle. No asthma-induction from that cutie. Sorry about your flight, Dan, that sucks.
69
#53 and 54. Speaking as someone that lives in the "emotional support iguana" capital of the world, I've noticed this shit is way out of hand. ADA lawsuits are no joke, so everyone's a little squeamish to call anyone out on this, but the lack of restrictions on service animal licensing needs to be reformed, big-time.
http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-01-02/ba…

Then again, I know people here that've gotten marijuana prescriptions for anxiety, for Chrissake.
70
Dan, Dan, Dan. I love you, but you can be awfully passive-agressive at times.

Would it have been that difficult to ask to switch seats?

Oh, and for the allergy-ignorant: The Kid's dog is some sort of poodle, if I recall. Poodle's don't shed. Many people, presumably including Dan, are allergic only to dogs that shed.
71
I, personally, am allergic to bees. Thus, my evil scheme to destroy every single bee and bee hive on the face of the planet. It is, after all, all about me.

Full disclosure - I am not a pet owner.
72
Sucks to your asmar!
73
At least that's a typically well-behaved breed of dog. Though if the owner is as much of a flighty nut as you portray her to be, the dog probably has learned some of her neuroses as well.

It doesn't look like a service animal--they usually have special harnesses to identify them as such. Even the ones in training are usually identified. Maybe it was a bomb-sniffing dog, Dan! Maybe you arrived home safely thanks to that little pooch. Maybe she was late getting on the plane because Goldie there was busy doing her job.
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@60 I don't have a problem with dogs at all, or even Dan's posts about dogs for that matter (fuck pit bulls, dogs don't belong in restaurants, etc). What I have a problem with is the perpetuation of Seattle-style passive-aggressiveness, where Dan would rather make fun of a possibly mentally ill woman on the internet and bitch about the situation to the flight attendants instead of seeing if he could switch seats. It's obvious he's not deathly allergic to dogs, or else he'd know exactly where his inhaler was.
75
I don't know who I want to sit next to more on a plane - Dan Savage or the cute DOGGIE!
76
@67--there is a huge difference between nuts being served in restaurants even though there are nut allergy sufferers and dogs and cats being allowed on planes even though some people suffer from allergies to these animals. You can always inform the kitchen that you have a food allergy, and they will prepare your food with that in mind. Crisis averted. However, if there is a cat or dog on an airplane--anywhere in the main cabin--the allergy sufferer is fucked. I would know. I am severely allergic to both animals, and my rescue inhalers only work so well. If the flight is sufficiently long, the extended exposure guarantees that I won't sleep that night due to respiratory issues and I will likely be weaker the next day. I understand that some people need their dogs with them, but I would hope that only those who must have their service animals ride with them do so.
77
What a nice looking dog. Dan, I would have been thrilled to trade my tourist-class seat for your first-class-with-a-dog seat.

Seriously, why didn't you just ask to move? I'd guess at least half the people on the plane would have been happy to sit next to a well-behaved golden retriever.
78
@52 FTW!
79
Dan, I love you about as much as it's possible for a fat hairy straight southern HFA to love a gay Yankee he's never met face to face.

So please forgive me for enjoying such milk spewing out the nose delight at this tale of your misfortunes.
80
Not only doggy dander but engine oil too!

http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/video/…

I not kiddeen.
81
You cannot have a dog or cat in the cabin unless it is small enough to ride in a carrier under the seat in front of you. That's pretty small--my 16" at the shoulder Shelties would have to ride in cargo, though my 14 3/4 inches at the shoulder Sheltie might just make it. If a dog that size was allowed in the cabin, it HAD to be a service dog.

THAT also said, if you say a dog is a service dog they aren't actually allowed to challenge that. But that's kind of a dick move.
82
@ 63
i believe that jet blue lets service/therapy animals ride for free, you just have to have papers and notify them in advance. not sure about other airlines, but i would guess the charge would be minimal if any.
83
there is a huge difference between nuts being served in restaurants even though there are nut allergy sufferers and dogs and cats being allowed on planes even though some people suffer from allergies to these animals. You can always inform the kitchen that you have a food allergy, and they will prepare your food with that in mind. Crisis averted. However, if there is a cat or dog on an airplane--anywhere in the main cabin--the allergy sufferer is fucked. I would know. I am severely allergic to both animals, and my rescue inhalers only work so well. If the flight is sufficiently long, the extended exposure guarantees that I won't sleep that night due to respiratory issues and I will likely be weaker the next day. I understand that some people need their dogs with them, but I would hope that only those who must have their service animals ride with them do so.

But as I said before, the overwhelming majority of allergy sufferers are not as sensitive as you are: people who are as sensitive as you are a very, very, very small minority of allergy sufferers. Which is why people who suffer from dog allergies to the extent you do have a responsibility to ensure that they won't be travelling on any planes with dogs on board, by informing the airline of their condition well in advance so that they can ensure that no dog will be on board at the same time as you.
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@ 81
i'm pretty certain that you need to produce papers to get an animal on an airplane. the "not allowed to ask" rule only seems to apply in restaurants, stores, etc... and in my experience (with my small, hypoallergenic therapy dog), people don't always follow that.
85
Wow -- just landed. Dogs are, like, Slog's third rail.

I'm thinking that, if I had asked to be moved (in a big gay huff!), that the same people would be yelling at me for that.

The FAs offered to move me but I declined because it was a short hop and once the lady went to sleep so did the dog -- on my feet! -- and whatever damage had been done by the dander was done already and I didn't wanna make a scene. And I found my inhaler in my bag. So...

Glad to see all you dog owners have a sense of humor.

Didja know that I own a dog? I've taken him on airplanes. But he fits in my computer bag, so no one knew.
86
Wait... now YOU have a dog? I know he melted your two-sizes-too-small dog-hating-heart just a little and all, but aren't you always going on about how he's definitely NOT your dog?
87
Dan, have you looked into breathing exercises for asthma? There was a good article in the NYT about it in the last two months or so. The thrust was that asthma is often a result of the body trying to maintain a proper level of carbon dioxide in the blood. Asthmatics often exhale and inhale very forcefully, and through the mouth, which allows a lot of carbon dioxide to escape the lungs all at once. Apparently CO2 is important to regulate the PH balance of the blood, so when it starts to get too low as a result of forceful breathing, the lungs spasm as a way to protect the CO2 the body still has.

The article said symptoms can be controlled and reduced overall by consciously breathing through the nose at all times, and by consciously practicing shallow breathing during times of crisis because that allows the body to hold on to its CO2 and makes it so the lungs don't have to freak out.

Anyway, that is my layman's remembrance of an article for laymen. Look it up, it may have an impact on your quality of life.
88
87: I believe it's called the Buteyko method
89
Thanks for demeaning disabled people and service dogs, Dan. You're a class act. Guess what, I have a service dog *and* am allergic to dogs - severely so. If I board a plane with my dog, he is expected to a) have ID from an actual service dog organization proving that I have a valid need for him to be there, and b) behave himself. Behaving means staying out of the way and leaving other passengers the hell alone. Licking other passengers shoes, which he might try to do, would earn *quite* a firm word from me... he'd only try that business once when he was on the job, I assure you.

It's my responsibility as an owner to make sure the dog isn't in the way or bothering anyone, including those with allergies. If I *know* someone has allergies, either I'll move (provided the person isn't too damn impatient to let me move, since as a crip, that takes me a few minutes), or I'll make sure they can be moved so they're comfortable. Usually, that means I actually, you know, ask people if they're okay with the dog and if they're allergic. If I forget to ask, I'm happy to be informed.

Be pissed at this woman for not traveling with ID (the ID should be in plain sight). Be pissed at the airline for not checking her ID (they should). Be pissed at her for being inconsiderate. And most of all, be pissed at her for not controlling her dog, and/or doing an end-run around legitimate organizations and "self-certifying" her dog without having an independent agency confirm that the dog can and will behave.

But for Christ's sake, stop being a passive-aggressive ablist asshole about service dogs as a whole.
90
The pic's fuckin' GOLD, Dan! The SLOG needs to run a caption contest for it.
91
i'm sorry, but dogs have NO PLACE in an airplane cabin. It's already a small enclosed hell.

This lady sounds like she doesn't give a shit about anyone else but herself.
92
@81, the airline is allowed to challenge it. As a matter of fact, they're *supposed* to check for a valid service animal ID. I've been barred from planes before because the airline didn't think my ID was valid and wouldn't let me on with the dog until they had called the number of my service dog org (on the ID, which must be visible on the animal) and confirmed that he was a trained service dog, belonged to me, and was certified.

The problem is that people who *don't* really need service animals, or who think training is "too long"/"too intensive," have been doing an end run around service dog orgs, 'training' their own, and then getting "certified" by fly-by-night places on the net who will "certify" you, sight unseen, for $25-30... and the airlines are scared to challenge *those* people, because those people get all indignant about their "rights." Airlines haven't yet figured out that those of us who have valid service animals are also trained in how to deal with a confrontation - stay calm, refer them to the ID, show them the number on the back of the ID and encourage them to call it and check up on you, takes 5 minutes. Anyone throwing a shitfit is throwing a shitfit because they *don't* have a valid dog and they *know* that.

And lest anyone think that cost is an object regarding getting a valid service animal, it's not. You may be asked to help fundraise for your org, or you may be asked to help cover the cost *if you are able*, but if you go through a valid service animal organization that's not on the take, you are *not* required to pay a dime to get a dog if you have a valid medical diagnosis. You *are*, however, required to go to "boot camp," which can range from six weeks to several months, to *learn how to work with the dog.* The people who want to skip the valid orgs are trying to skip them because they're too lazy to invest the time, not because they can't afford it.
93
She's not crazy cos she has the dog, she's crazy cos she's late, has too many bags (two is the limit, baby) and doesn't have the capacity to apologize to her seat mate for causing a fuss.

I don't go through my life assuming people who irritate me have some sort of disability. Oh, the guy who sneezed goober into his hand, and then touched the doorknob leaving a trail of snot might have some sort of mental problem. Oh, bitch who cut me off might have some sort of anger management psychosis disorder, and I should feel bad for HER not my busted bumper. You ALL do the same thing in your life, so quit yer bitchin. I think these personal stories are funny!
94
People who don't like dogs make me anxious. So anxious that I need a service dog to cope with my anxiety.
95
Clearly, most of the commenters here who've suggested Dan should have just asked to change seats haven't spent very much time flying the past few years. I don't fly all that often, but the three or four times a year I do get on a plane, I haven't been on a single one that wasn't oversold, let alone have empty seats - and in first class? Fahgedaboudit.

And @6, since none of the 88 previous comments addressed your confusion: imagine the headline is a thought balloon hovering over the dog's head.
96
@ 95, what are you talking about? People trade seats on flights all the time. You just ask another passenger, and unless they're a complete prick (or have a good reason, like they're traveling with someone) they'll do it. Try it next time you fly.
97
Anxiety is not the only invisible disability, they also use dogs for epileptics and diabetics. Dogs can detect the start of fits and hypoglycemia, making life much better for their owners and the people around them. I wouldn't be surprised if there are even more disabilities than these; but I know about these just off the top of my head.

Being disorganized is not the same as being crazy. And being disorganized one time doesn't mean it happens all the time, I've certainly had frazzled days myself.

And people in first class also have a right to their service companion. A first class ticket doesn't mean you own the compartment and have the right not to be annoyed by your companions. All it means is that you get a more comfortable seat and better food. Maybe the bathroom is a bit bigger too, who knows?
98
@65 I get you about the reptile thing. If people just need a service animal for emotional calming--for autistic children for example--we should welcome people with reptiles instead of dogs or cats. I don't get why people people tolerate dogs and cats, but throw a shit fit over reptiles that won't cause allergies. I guess phobias trump asthma in our society.

Maybe, service dogs should only be hairless breeds? Like the Peruvian Incan Orchid? Has anyone considered that? No dog breed is truly completely hypoallergenic, but hairless breeds are as close as you can get to it.

And hells yeah, I'd take a well-mannered dog over a screaming whiny brat any day of the week. People may bitch over dog people, but I have yet to see anyone take an unruly dog on a bus. Unruly kids seem to get free passes, however. You know, just because your kid is genetically closer to you than your dog, that doesn't mean you kid gets to act like an asshole and we all have to put up with it.
99
You have issues don't you?
100
Holy shit, my bad for the crazy multiple posts. Slog wouldn't load for me after I tried to post so I went back a few times and tried again. I guess it worked after all!
@ 95. Usually the attendant will ask if someone is willing to switch seats in first class. Another option was someone could have down graded to coach (Dan or the woman) if the allergies were really that serious. However, my beef is not with Dan's bitching over the dog on the plane. I understand not wanted to fly seated next to a dog, a lot of people are allergic, are scared, or just don't like dogs.. My issue is that someone who is "crazy" should not have a service animal. Animals can calm and comfort many people and trained dogs can be shown to predict panic attacks, changes in a person's mood, and seizures, among other duties. A person's well being can drastically improve with a service animal, that is if they are able to take care of a pet. Anyway, I totally agree with 89 "stop being a passive-aggressive ablist asshole about service dogs as a whole".