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Flirty The Service Animal: Woman surprises everyone as she flies with her miniature horse


A woman recently travelled with her cute miniature horse; surprising everyone at the O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

According to Today, the friendly horse is owned by a woman named Abrea Hensley. The 135-pound horse is actually her service animal, Flirty.

Abrea, who is allergic to dogs and has post-traumatic stress disorder, takes the seven-year-old mare everywhere she goes; as it reminds her to take her medication and provides support when she becomes overwhelmed.

“I don’t know what I would do without her, even if I was cured today,” she said. “She’s my constant companion.”

The airline understands Abrea’s situation, saying that it “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.”

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Here’s a great picture from @aastews of the flight crew from American Airlines! They were fantastic and kind and very excited to see Flirty on their flight! Even the pilots had to come out to say hi.

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With this, these animals are welcome in the cabin, at no charge–for as long as they meet the requirements.

Moreover, miniature horses are allowed to fly in commercial cabins as service animals, per the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Abrea, on the other hand, said she won’t be flying with Flirty anytime soon as she found the experience to be nerve-wracking.

“It’s just too difficult to make sure Flirty doesn’t inconvenience other passengers,” Abrea tweeted.


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