A passenger was booted from a Frontier Airlines plane in Orlando after she came aboard with a nutty companion — a squirrel that she insisted was her emotional support animal.
The woman noted in her reservation that she was flying Tuesday night with an emotional support pet, but did not indicate that it was a squirrel, according to WKMG.
She refused to get off the Cleveland-bound flight, so the crew summoned police, who told the rest of the passengers to deplane so they could deal with the woman, the airline said.
“Police eventually escorted the passenger off the aircraft and took her to the main terminal,” according to Frontier, which added; “Rodents, including squirrels, are not allowed on Frontier flights.”
It was not known if the unidentified woman would face charges.
Footage shared on Twitter showed the woman being removed from the plane in a wheelchair — as she flashed a middle finger to jeers from other passengers.
The flight took off for Cleveland after a two-hour delay.
“The joke of the plane was hashtag squirrel so you’ll probably see it all over social media,” passenger Amber Calhoun told news5cleveoland.com.
On its website, Frontier’s policy reads: “We do not accept unusual or exotic animals including but not limited to rodents, reptiles, insects, hedgehogs, rabbits, sugar gliders, non-household birds or improperly cleaned and/or animals with foul odor.
Airlines cracked down on what animals passengers could use for emotional support after images of several unique creatures went viral earlier this year.
In January, a woman identified by NJ.com as a Brooklyn artist named Ventiko tried to bring her peacock Dexter aboard an LA-bound United fligh in Newark.
“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport,” according to a United statement.
Several other airlines have updated their policies this year, including JetBlue and Delta, which also banned pit bulls, according to ABC News.
Frontier also is changing its policy for support animals beginning Nov. 1.
The airline will only accept cats or dogs, each passenger may only bring one animal, and notice must be provided 48 hours before departure, the network reported.
According to a recent study, 61 percent of flight attendants say they have seen an emotional support animal cause a disturbance mid-flight within the last two years.
The Association of Flight Attendants called on the Department of Transportation to regulate “rampant abuse” fostered by lax rules on emotional service animal designations — leading to a “safety, health and security issue.”