Horses Fly First Class on U.S. Airlines
A prominent front-page article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal discussed the newly clarified transportation rules regarding animals on flights, and one of the first passengers to travel under them: a miniature guide-horse named Cuddles.
Cuddles assists Dan Shaw - who is legally blind - and flew with him from Boston to Chicago for an appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". Ananova has a brief article about the flight, while Dan and Cuddles' website can be seen here.
Established on May 9th, the rules issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation state that "service animals" are allowed on flights, and goes on to say that "Animals assisting persons with disabilities by providing emotional support qualify as service animals". Therefore, should a mental health professional deem it necessary for you to have an animal in order to relieve "stress and flying anxiety", then that animal may come along.