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Emotional support squirrel's owner flips the bird as she's kicked off Frontier flight

Josh Magness, McClatchy Washington Bureau on

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A flight from Florida to Ohio was delayed nearly two hours on Tuesday after a woman tried to fly with her emotional support squirrel.

The Frontier Airlines flight, which left nearly two hours later than scheduled, was heading from Orlando to Cleveland, according to WKYC.

When she arrived for Flight 1612, the unidentified woman revealed that the support animal she had cleared ahead of time was actually a squirrel, which is not allowed on the airline, Fox8 reported.

Frontier Airlines only allows cats and dogs on its flights, as noted on ESADoctors.com, a site that provides information on where certain emotional support animals are allowed. The airline also specifies that it does not permit rodents on flights, meaning squirrels are a no-go.

But in a statement to Fox8, the airline said it had to call police to remove the woman from the flight because she refused to leave. She had been told that the squirrel violated the airlines policy, Fox8 reported.

A video posted by a man named Brandon Nixon on Twitter appears to show the woman getting kicked off the flight.

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"So im flying back to cleveland and everyone got on the plane then was asked to exit the plane," he wrote. "Only to later find out a woman brought a squirrel in her carry on and labeled it as her emotional support pet. Then refuses to get off the plane until the cops come"

As she is wheeled away in a wheelchair, the woman tells onlookers to "shut up" before raising her middle finger, the video shows. A few people begin to applaud as she is taken away from the flight, the video shows, and she gives a thumbs-up as she says, "Thank you!"

"You can't make this stuff up," Nixon wrote.

Another Twitter user named Julia Papesch posted a pair of videos showing the same woman getting kicked off the flight.

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