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Rights as a guide dog handler

We were flying home to Detroit for Christmas one year. I had Cass at the time. Cass was my first dog and I was totally ignorant back then as to what my rights were.

We were on a small plane and I was in the bulkhead seat with Cass lying at my feet. I think there were two seats on one side and one seat on the other that is how small the plane was.

The flight attendant approached me before the plane took off and said that she wondered if Cass would be more comfortable in the galley with her. She would have room to lie and no one would have their feet on her. I told the flight attendant we could try it, but I sincerely doubted Cass would have
any part of it.

We tried. We took Cass to the galley, and she planted her feet firmly on the floor and would not budge to lie down. She wasn't going to have any part of it. We then went back to our seat, and there was a man sitting in the aisle seat. He refused to let me in to my seat. He refused to sit with a dog. The flight attendant didn't know what to do, so she took us to the back of the plane. We sat on the side with one seat with Cass in the aisle.

Whenever anyone had to use the restroom they had to step over Cass.

I did not know then what I know now. I know having Cass in the aisle was against federal regulations. I also know now that the flight attendant should not have even tried to separate me from my dog. I also know now that if a situation like that ever comes up again, they can move the other person. I will not move and I will not put my dog in the aisle.

Toni

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