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This Woman Was Kicked Off A Plane For Bringing A Pig On Board

Pigs can't fly, but emotionally supportive pigs come close.

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If you're a frequent flier, you've probably seen it all. Crying babies, obnoxious passengers, chatty neighbors. But I'm guessing this one is new: A woman brought a pig on a plane. A real life pig.

TSA vs America: Air passenger forced to deplane when her emotional support pig caused a disruption

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TSA vs America: Air passenger forced to deplane when her emotional support pig caused a disruption

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She told the TSA that she needed the pig for emotional support.

The woman brought her pig on a US Airways flight leaving Connecticut on Wednesday. American Airlines, the parent company of US Airways, told ABC News that the woman had brought the pig on board as an emotional support animal.

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The plane never took off with the pig on board. After it became disruptive, she was asked to leave with the animal.

One passenger, Jonathan Skolnik, a professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, told ABC News that when he first spotted the pig he thought it was a big duffle bag. But as the woman got closer to him, he saw it was a pig and estimated that it weighed between 50 and 70 pounds.

"It turns out it wasn't a duffel bag. We could smell it and it was a pig on a leash," said Skolnik, who was seated next to the woman and her pet. "She tethered it to the arm rest next to me and started to deal with her stuff, but the pig was walking back and forth."

"I was terrified, because I was thinking I'm gonna be on the plane with the pig," Snolnik added.

And you thought getting a middle seat was bad.

Contact Ali Vingiano at alison.vingiano@buzzfeed.com.

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