Southwest Airlines In Trouble For Not Allowing Passenger With Emotional Support Bees On Plane
What they did to this man is unacceptable.
A 33-year old man, Josh Dickinson, was pulled out of the line to board a plain and told that he was not allowed to board, Mag Spy reports. In a situation like this, you would wonder why they stopped him from boarding, and he says that “he was more than shocked”.
Dickinson was told that the swarm of bees that was accompanying him was the determining factor in the airline’s decision.
“We received several complaints from passengers who were in line with Mr. Dickinson, all of which involved the bees in one way or another”, said Southwest Airlines spokesperson Brian White.
Some complained about the surprisingly loud droning noise, some were concerned about the possibility of getting stung, and a few customers who actually had been stung were demanding medical attention. For these reasons, we decided that it was best to keep Mr. Dickinson off the plane and give him a voucher for a free flight to anywhere in the continental U.S. Provided he leaves the bees at home, of course.
Dickinson has decided that he’s not gonna let them get away with this, and he’s now suing the airline for what he thinks is discrimination.
“I can’t tell you how many times I flew on airlines like Spirit or Allegiant with my bees, and they never once treated me the way Southwest did,” Dickinson told reporters.
“These bees aren’t just the regular, everyday kind of bees you see people walking around the park with. These are specially trained bees that help me cope with very real trauma, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Southwest.”, he concluded.
Southwest Airlines is reviewing its policies on emotional support bees to determine whether it’s acceptable to have bees on a plane and how many bees would be allowed. They’re also studying which kind of bees are even-tampered enough.
But it’s too late, because thousands of Twitter users are supporting him and many lawyers offered him free services.
“I just want them to do the right thing and realize that my emotional well-being is more important than whether or not some passengers have a ‘comfortable flight’ in which they ‘don’t get stung.’ That’s all,” Dickinson said. “Is that really too much to ask?”