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Spokanites react to 'support turkey' on Delta flight

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A turkey. On a plane. (PHOTO:  biggestlittlepickle/Reddit) A turkey. On a plane. (PHOTO: biggestlittlepickle/Reddit)
SPOKANE, Wash. -

We've all seen people who travel with their emotional support animals, but usually they're cats or dogs.  Over the holidays one woman traveled from Seattle to Salt Lake City with her emotional support turkey and it certainly got people talking.      

"It's the dumbest thing I ever heard of," says Claire Estep who lives in Spokane.  "I would not want to sit next to a turkey."

The woman who traveled with "Easter" her emotional support turkey had him in the cabin with her the entire flight. 

"I mean it really depends on the circumstances if it's okay," said Matthew Dunn who was getting ready to board a flight at Spokane airport.  "If it's not bothering me or affecting me, to each his own I guess." 

A Delta spokesman told media outlets that the airline complies with the Air Carrier Access Act by allowing customers traveling with emotional support animals or psychiatric service animals to travel without charge in the cabin. 

According to fliers KHQ spoke with, not all customers are on board with that decision.   

"There could be asthma, and there's bird flu in those things," says Shannie Million.  "The turkey could have dander, and if they're not wearing a diaper they're not sanitary." 

According to a local veterinary clinic, dogs and cats that go on flights must have health certificates.  They said it would be the same for turkeys or other animals that will be flying.  For some people though, those rules don't fly.   

"If you're that upset that you can't travel without a turkey, you probably should stay home," says Million.   "People who are emotionally disturbed have to fit into society too and they have to accommodate the norm."

The rules on emotional support animals traveling with you vary from airline to airline so it's a good idea to check ahead on the rules before trying to take your emotional support alligator through security. 

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