Passengers on a recent American Airlines flight from Chicago to Omaha, Nebraska had an unexpected neigh-bor on board.
A miniature horse that goes by the name of “Flirty The Mini Service Horse” was seen taking flight on a regional jet this past Friday, kicking off the long weekend by supporting her owner, Abrea Hensley, during her travels. Hensley wrote on Twitter that she was flying to visit her aunt.
Hensley and Flirty’s travels were documented on Twitter under the handle @FlirtyTheSH, an account Hensley runs on behalf of her beloved sidekick. According to an article in the Omaha World-Herald, Flirty is a seven-year-old miniature service horse who helps Hensley with medical alerts and mobility assistance, and the pair have been together since 2017.
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“Flirty and I took to the skies, yesterday!” the Bellevue, Nebraska native tweeted on Friday. “It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Flirty was FANTASTIC and handled it all like a pro. That being said, I’m going to keep traveling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such.”
Flirty and I took to the skies, yesterday! It was a great experience and I learned a lot. Flirty was FANTASTIC and handled it all like a pro. That being said, I’m going to keep traveling by car, it’s just easier on Flirty. Flying will be reserved for emergencies and such. https://t.co/AHfHXpoU2V
— Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@FlirtyTheSH) August 30, 2019
It appears this was the first time Hensley had ever taken Flirty on an airplane, and despite her good behavior, there were still some hurdles along the way.
“Because my airport is smaller, the planes are smaller and don’t have solid bulkheads,” Hensley wrote. “Flirty couldn’t help jostling the seat of the person in the last row of first class every time she moved.”
She continued: “Once we got up to cruising altitude, she took a nap and was very quiet. But she had to rebalance quite a bit while ascending and descending and kept bumping the back of their seat through the curtain ‘bulkhead.’ She did such a good job of handling everything, though, I’m so proud of her!”
Flirty was even featured in a photo with the American Airlines flight crew, which was put on the American Airlines “AA Stews” Instagram story.
Here is a great picture of Flirty and the flight crew from our return flight! They absolutely loved Flirty. pic.twitter.com/QfavxFj0B2
— Flirty The Mini Service Horse (@FlirtyTheSH) August 31, 2019
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