A passenger on Delta Air Lines on Saturday was bitten by another passenger's emotional support dog just before flying out of Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, according to the airline.
Fox 5 reported that the passenger’s injuries were so severe that he needed to be taken off the flight for immediate medical attention.
“The gentleman’s face was completely bloody, blood in his eyes, cheeks, nose, his mouth, his shirt was covered in blood,” said one witness, Bridget Maddox-Peoples, to Fox 5.
The flight was scheduled from Atlanta to San Diego. According to reports, the passenger was seated by the window, and the dog was sitting in the lap of its owner, in the middle seat. Witnesses report that the dog appeared to be some sort of a labrador, which appeared to be about 50 pounds.
Another witness told Fox 5 that they heard the owner was a “combat veteran” and that he was “cradling the dog” in the gate area after the incident. Cabin crew also confirmed that the owner said, “I know they're going to put him down.”
Delta Air Lines issued a statement:
“Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger's emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention. Local law enforcement cleared the dog, and the dog and its owner were re-accommodated on a later flight; the dog will fly in a kennel.”
According to The Daily Mail, the police report said the victim was in stable condition.