According to CBS News a woman named Lanice Powless was all set to fly out of Denver International Airport on Friday. She also happened to have her pet fish with her. Lanice says she was forced to abandon her fish at the airport by Southwest Airlines employees.

Lanice says she has flown with her fish before and never had a problem. She also says she checked the TSA regulations on the matter ahead of time and they state that fish are allowed. What she did not do was check with Southwest Airlines who have stricter guidelines.

Recently Southwest limited it's emotional support pets allowed to fly to cats and dogs only. However, American Airlines has a startling animal they do allow people to fly with.

This is the list of restricted animals from the AA site, it's hilarious. Southwest's policy is similar to this but look close at the highlighted item.

  • Amphibians
  • Ferrets
  • Goats
  • Hedgehogs
  • Insects
  • Reptiles
  • Rodents
  • Snakes
  • Spiders
  • Sugar gliders
  • Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game birds, & birds of prey)
  • Animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses properly trained as service animals)
  • Any animal that is dirty or has an odor

HAHA! Horses on planes, love it. I hope I get to see this one day. I'll spend the whole flight locked in on the horse, staring it in it's eyes and asking it one important question. "Hey horse, why are you on an airplane?"

As for this woman, I don't even wanna examine her need to bring a fish with her on a flight, it's wasteful. I will however take issue with her saying she was "forced" to leave her fish behind. Southwest forced you to do nothing. They told you about a rule they have and you chose to fly anyway. Get bent.