Plane passenger sparks fierce debate after complaining about a 'service dog' being in their leg space for the entire flight

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  • A United Airlines passenger detailed the incident in a recent Reddit thread
  • Soon after posting about it, more than 1,000 Reddit users offered their verdicts
  • Many people said it would be their nightmare but some said they would ‘love it’ 

The debate around plane etiquette continues to rumble and one passenger has stoked the fire after asking about the correct place for service dogs to sit. 

In a Reddit thread, the United Airlines passenger quipped: ‘”Service Dog” in my leg space the entire flight. Should I complain?’ 

Along with the question, they posted a photo from their flight, showing them sat in the front row of a plane in the aisle seat with someone else’s service dog by their feet.

Detailing the incident, they added: ‘Very sweet dog, but clearly not a service dog. In my leg space the entire flight (including takeoff and landing). The owner tried but could not move the dog – too big and didn’t want to budge.’

Soon after posting about the incident, more than 1,000 other Reddit users jumped on the thread to offer their verdicts. 

In a Reddit thread , the United Airlines passenger quipped: '"Service Dog" in my leg space the entire flight. Should I complain?'

In a Reddit thread , the United Airlines passenger quipped: ‘”Service Dog” in my leg space the entire flight. Should I complain?’

Along with the question, they posted a photo from their flight, showing them sat in the front row of a plane in the aisle seat with someone else's service dog by their feet

Along with the question, they posted a photo from their flight, showing them sat in the front row of a plane in the aisle seat with someone else’s service dog by their feet 

Many people said the passenger had the right to complain, either to flight attendants during the journey or to the airline after landing.  

One person said that they had a similar thing happen on a flight and after complaining via the airline’s app, they received 10,000 miles.   

Other contributors were horrified by the prospect of sitting by a dog, with some citing allergies and others a fear of the four-legged friends. 

One commenter simply described it as their ‘nightmare’ on an airplane. 

They continued: ‘Not because of the legroom but because I have airborne allergies to dogs. Did you get warning and the chance to move? 

‘Having a dog this close without warning to take an allergy pill at least an hour before the flight would mean hard time breathing and painful eyes until I could take a shower and wash the dog danger off me. 

‘That being said, I fly a lot and have yet have this happen. I dread the day.’

Jumping in on the thread, a flight attendant said that this should not have happened and the passenger should lodge a complaint. 

Many people said the passenger had the right to complain, either to flight attendants during the flight or bringing it up with the airline after landing (stock image)

Many people said the passenger had the right to complain, either to flight attendants during the flight or bringing it up with the airline after landing (stock image)

They wrote: ‘Did you let the FA know before the doors closed? I am a doggy mom and love dogs. 

‘But I’m also a flight attendant and technically the service dog can’t be in the aisle or take up any of the floor space of other travelers. 

‘The gate agent would have probably came on and explained everything to the passenger and take it from there. 

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‘You should call customer service. I’m sure you’ll get some miles or a credit.’

While the majority of readers said the passenger had the right to complain, others said it was actually their dream scenario.

One dog lover exclaimed: ‘I’d pay extra for this!’

While another echoed similar sentiments, writing: ‘This would be the best flight EVER for me!’ 

The United Airlines website details clear rules for traveling with service animals. 

It instructs owners: ‘Your dog should sit in the floor space in front of your seat. They can’t be in the aisle or the floor space of the travelers next to you.

‘You can put your service dog in a pet-carrier if you choose, as long as it meets size requirements.

‘You can’t sit in an exit row with a service animal.’

DailyMail.com has reached out to United Airlines for a comment on the matter.