Proving that even with huge advances in technology the human race in developed countries just seems to get dumber is a press release from Delta Airlines. Delta is cracking down on the use of "emotional support" animals.
If someone chooses to fly with their pet there is a charge to do so. The pet must also be contained in a travel case and may not be allowed to roam free in the cabin. However, there is no charge and no such restrictions on "emotional support animals." Apparently some people can't make it through the day without Fido or Tabby at their side. This strange phenomenon began about 20 years ago (by coincidence about the same time the Internet took off). Suddenly people could only function with Fido or Tabby at their side. There was a time in society in which ordinary human beings were expected to make it through the day without their pets at their side 24/7.
Ok, maybe I'm being too harsh. However, Delta had to finally crack down because passengers were going well beyond the typical dog or cat. According to the press release flight crew and check in agents were barraged by support pigs, turkeys, snakes, hamsters, possums and guinea pigs among other animals. Fido is one thing, Arnold Zifflel the pig or Tommy the turkey another. Starting now Delta will allow only dogs and cats and passengers will be required to have a letter from a qualified physician indicating the animal is required for emotional and psychological well being.
Now certainly I get pets bring love and caring to their owners. But at some point humans need to be human. If you can't walk out the door without your pet Boa wrapped around your neck you are an idiot and a total whack job. Grow up people. For most life is hard, and for those of us born in the US or Western Europe its far easier than what others must endure. Furthermore, no wants your little doggie or kitty running around their airplane (not to mention slivering snake or gobbling turkey) ready to soil the carpets. If you can't stand to walk out the door without Fido, Tabby, Arnold, Tommy, Henry or Slimey please stay home. Where you belong.