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Woman boards flight with her service animal: a miniature horse

A passenger on a recent American Airlines flight to Omaha brought along her service animal, Flirty, much to the surprise of onlookers.


You see, Flirty is actually a miniature horse. Abrea Hensley, who is allergic to dogs and suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, always travels with Flirty. Hensley boarded the quick flight from Chicago O'Hare airport to Omaha on Friday.


A tweet from an account associated with the animal posted, "Flirty and I took to the skies, yesterday!  It was a great experience and I learned a lot.  Flirty was FANTASTIC and handled it all like a pro. That being said, I'm going to keep traveling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such."


Hensley even posted a photo on Instagram of the American Airlines flight crew posing with Flirty. She captioned it, "They were fantastic and kind and very excited to see Flirty on their flight! Even the pilots had to come out to say hi."


Miniature horses, which typically stand up to 36 inches tall and weigh about 100 to 200 pounds, are approved by the federal government as service animals that must be recognized as such when traveling.


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