Flights: Passengers left shocked after wild animal let loose on plane – is it ‘too much’?

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Passengers are increasingly documenting the bizarre behaviour of their fellow travellers on board flights. It seems the difference between a good flight and a bad flight can largely be at the hands of cabin mates. However, things are made even more complicated when unexpected travellers are thrown into the mix.

In recent years an increase in animals on board planes has been noted, with many travellers opting to take along a four-legged companion.

However, after a wild animal was spotted running wild, travellers said it was “too much”.

A photograph of the moment a monkey was spotted clambering on top of a seat on a commercial flight was posted to the Instagram account @PassengerShaming.

The image, snapped by a fellow traveller, shows the little critter standing on the headrest of an economy row of seats.

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Flights: This wild animal caused a stir on a recent flight (Image: Instagram @PassengerShaming / Getty Images)

It appears to be fumbling with the air vent or cabin crew assistance button directly overhead.

In an even weirder twist, the monkey is pictured wearing a pair of blue camouflage printed trousers.

The jungle creature is sat next to what appears to be a man – whether they are travelling together are separately is not confirmed.

However, plenty of travel enthusiasts have weighed in to share how they would feel it they were seated alongside the chimp.

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The image has amassed 846 comments at the time of writing.

One passenger vented: “Whole bunch of nope. Monkeys are wild animals. Should not be kept as companions. Impossible to provide adequate simulation and habitat for it. Very saddened by this photo.”

Another said the incident simply “is too much.”

Meanwhile a third commented: “No, no and more no. Time for the FAA to do something about random animals on a flight.”

Another questioned how fair the monkey’s presence was. The user pointed out: “But a dog has to be put in an overhead luggage holder?!!”

However, there were those who were in favour of the small creature.

“I don’t see an issue with this,” an onlooker said. I’d bring out every snack imaginable to convince that adorable capuchin to come visit my seat. Shiny objects, whatever it took. This should be a standard on flights.”

Another animal lover also pointed out that the humans on board aren’t always so well behaved.

“The monkeys probably better behaved than some passengers,” they remarked.

Indeed, in the last year, more animals have been spotted on flights after the US broadened regulations to allow “support animals” on board.

Drawing reference to the new law one user joked: “Emotional support monkey.”

In August 2019, the American aircraft guidelines changed to allow passengers to bring animals on board so long as they are designated service animals.

In a statement, the US Department of Transport told CBS 62: “With respect to animal species, we indicated that we would focus our enforcement efforts on ensuring that the most commonly used service animals (dogs, cats, and miniature horses) are accepted for transport.”

However, the law is not a global rule, and wild animals are unlikely to be spotted on British flights.


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