We’ve heard the stories of people bringing miniature horses, pigs, and even snakes on planes, trains, and buses as emotional support animals. Ever wonder just how far the law will stretch when it comes to that category? A Brooklyn, New York man is trying to find out.
“I travel from upstate to Brooklyn a lot, and on the bus they say it’s a federal crime to smoke or have an alcoholic beverage unless by prior written consent, and I always wondered where you get that consent.”
Hayes noted that he’s not an alcoholic, and he’s not making light of people with emotional or mental issues. He’d just like to enjoy a nip as he travels. So he visited the national service dog registration website and signed up his beer as an emotional support dog that helps with his “Social Anxiety Disorder.” Hayes marked that there was “No Training Needed.”
A USA Service Dog Registration employee said it won’t matter much because the use of an emotional support animal on transit or in a business requires medical approval, which seems unlikely. But Hayes isn’t deterred. Recently he stood waiting for a bus in Brooklyn with a beer in hand, and no one hassled him.
That says more about the priorities of the local police than his efforts to register his beer as emotional support, but it’s still funny.