Recent Dog Bite Incident on Delta Flight Leaving Atlanta


July 05, 2017

It is an unfortunate reality that dog bites happen every day in Georgia as well as throughout the United States.  The vast majority of dog owners understand how important it is to ensure their dogs are well-behaved and do not pose a safety risk to other animals or people.  However, there will always be dogs that are either trained to behave dangerously or who were never trained to behave appropriately with others.  Whatever the reason may be for why a dog is dangerous, it is always the dog owner’s responsibility to ensure his or her dog does not harm another animal or person.

It is an unfortunate reality that dog bites happen every day in Georgia as well as throughout the United States.  The vast majority of dog owners understand how important it is to ensure their dogs are well-behaved and do not pose a safety risk to other animals or people.  However, there will always be dogs that are either trained to behave dangerously or who were never trained to behave appropriately with others.  Whatever the reason may be for why a dog is dangerous, it is always the dog owner’s responsibility to ensure his or her dog does not harm another animal or person.

Emotional Support Service Dog Bites Man on Flight

Delta Airlines has been in the news a lot this year, but a recent incident that has caught headlines was not instigated by Delta itself, but rather a passenger with a service dog on board.  After passengers had boarded an Atlanta flight heading to San Diego, an emotional support dog (a Labrador Retriever and Pointer mix) repeatedly bit a passenger in the face. 

One witness reported that the injured man had blood all over his face to the point she felt his injuries were severe.  The man was escorted off the plane and taken to a local hospital.  The owner of the emotional support dog was not charged with any crime, and Delta allowed the man to take a later flight along with his dog. However, Delta required the dog to travel in a crate/kennel to avoid a similar incident on the later flight.

Many questions arise as to how and why this dog attack took place.  Such questions include, but are certainly not limited to, the following:

  • Did the emotional support dog have a history of biting other people or animals?
  • Was the emotional support dog certified as a service animal?
  • Did the dog owner have the dog restrained in any way to prevent it from harming others?
  • Was the dog in any way provoked?
  • What was the specific need for the emotional support dog?
  • Did Delta have any policies regarding the types of service dogs allowed on board the plane?
  • Did Delta require the dog owner to present licensure or certification that the dog is, in fact, a service dog?
  • Did Delta require the dog owner to report whether or not the dog had a history of biting?

The questions about how and why this Delta dog bite incident happened are endless.  Once one question is answered, it often leads to a series of new questions.  What can seem like a clear cut scenario can become complicated as questions continue to pile up.  Given the seriousness of the passenger’s injuries, and the potential for there to be permanent scarring, the injured passenger certainly has damages that he would not have incurred had he not been bitten by an emotional support dog on an airplane.

Contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law Today to Schedule Your Free Consultation

Whether you or a loved one has suffered injuries resulting from a dog bite or dog attack, it can be imperative to act quickly if you believe the dog’s owner is responsible for your injuries.  The permanent nature of dog bite injuries can prove to be debilitating, both physically and emotionally.  As such, speaking with an attorney at Montlick & Associates can provide you with the information you need to determine if someone else should be held responsible for what has happened to you or a loved one.  At Montlick & Associates, our firm has more than thirty-three years of professional experience helping clients who have suffered personal injuries at the expense of another’s negligent conduct.  Our attorneys truly understand just how devastating and catastrophic dog bite injuries can be.  If you would like to schedule a free consultation to speak with one of our attorneys, contact Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law today by calling (800) LAW-NEED (529-6333).  You may also visit us online at www.montlick.com to complete a Free Case Evaluation Form, and you may also participate in a 24-hour Live Online Chat.

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