Thursday, February 22, 2007

Dogs on a Plane

I read part of a thread today on an internet forum where a guy was talking about taking his dog on an airplane posing as a "service animal." This is the exception for seeing-eye dogs that the government put in place to help out the disabled. The guy in question is not disabled, so it'd be a ploy so that his dog wouldn't have to ride in the baggage compartment.

I got pissed off at the thought. Was it because I thought it was wrong to take advantage of a loophole? Certainly not, since I think that most regulations are retarded. The thing that pissed me off is that he showed absolutely no consideration for the other 100 people on the airplane. For several hours, they'll have to breathe in the pet dander that his dirty mutt is shedding into the recycled airplane air. To me, it's far worse than any kind of smoke. It stinks, and a lot of people are allergic to it.

But that guy, well, he couldn't care less about the comfort of his fellow passengers. He might even get a better seat out of the deal, as long as he can pull it off. Who cares if a whole family has to not board the plane because Captain Puppy Love couldn't bear the thought of putting his animal in with the bags, and they have a kid that's allergic to dogs? Who cares that he's inconveniencing 100 people by making them smell the disgusting odor that is "dog?" Who cares that his dog, which is obviously not properly trained as a service animal, decides to pee all over the airplane. Ignore all of that, and concentrate on the important thing: He's a great guy because he really loves his pet.

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