A man from Daphne, Alabama suffered severe face injuries after he was bitten by a dog on a Delta Airlines flight leaving Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta on Sunday June 4.

The victim, Marlin Termaine Jackson of Daphne was on the flight headed to San Diego, California, when a passenger’s emotional support animal bit him during the boarding process.

Officials from Delta Airlines said the flight was delayed as Jackson and the other passenger identified as, Ronald Kevin Mundy Jr. of Mills River, N.C., with his dog were escorted off the plane.

Jackson was transported to a local hospital and is currently listed in stable condition, but has severe injury to his face due to multiple dog bites.

A police report listed Mundy Jr., as a military service member with the U.S. Marine Corps. He told authorities that the dog, a chocolate lab pointer mix, was issued to him for support.

According to the Delta Airlines website the company complies with the Air Carrier Access Act. It allows customers traveling with emotional support animals or psychiatric service animals to travel without charge with the following conditions:

  • Title, address, license number** and jurisdiction (state/country it was issued), phone number, and signature of mental health professional.
  • The passenger has a mental health related disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – 4th Edition.
  • That the passenger needs the emotional support or psychiatric service animal as an accommodation for air travel and/or for activity at the passenger’s destination.
  • That the person listed in the letter is under the care of the assessing physician or mental health professional.

The website also states that a kennel is not required for emotional support animals if they are fully trained and meet the same requirements as a service animal.

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