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Miniature Horse Boards Flight with Owner in US, Gets Aisle Seat

Miniature Horse Boards Flight with Owner in US, Gets Aisle Seat

Abrea Hensley was accompanied by her service animal 'Flirty' as she was flying back home to Omaha, Nebraska, from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on board the American Airlines flight.

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It was an unusual sight for passengers at an airport in the United States as a miniature horse was seen queuing up along with its owner to board a flight.

And then seen seated an aisle seat.

Abrea Hensley was accompanied by her service animal as she was flying back home to Omaha, Nebraska, from Chicago's O'Hare International Airport on board the American Airlines flight.

The miniature horse was provided the aisle seat for a comfortable journey, and even sat of the lap of its owner at one point, MSN Lifestyle reports.

Hensley told Daily Mail UK that that the 136-pound, seven-year-old mare Flirty had been with her for the past two-and-a-half years.

She has even set up Instagram and Twitter accounts for Flirty, where last week she shared several adorable pictures and videos of her constant companion’s journey on their 90 minute flight from Chicago to Omaha.

“Here's a great picture 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,” Hensley captioned one photo.

“I fed her a lot of treats while we were ascending and descending to keep her swallowing and allow her ears to adjust to the pressure. She did show some discomfort by shaking her head once or twice, but the treats mostly did the trick to keep her comfortable,” she wrote.

But it looks like Flirty’s adventure in the skies was a one-off instance as Hensley feels traveling by car is much easier on her support animal.

Several netizens expressed their surprise at a miniature horse being allowed to board a flight.

But it turns out that dogs and miniature horses which have been "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for people with disabilities" are the only service animals the US Department of Justice considers protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act, according to The Guardian UK.

The airline told the Today Show that it was happy to have Flirty on board.

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