Police: Service dog, pregnant deaf woman punched on flight to Orlando
(WESH) - A pregnant deaf woman and her service dog were punched on a Frontier Airlines flight to Orlando Thursday.
According to an incident report from the Orlando Police Department, the woman, who is 20 weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, who also is also deaf, were traveling with their service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel.
When the plane descended, police say a 59-year-old man's wife complained of being allergic to dogs.
When the plane landed and taxied to the gate, police say the man allegedly punched the dog with a closed fist, causing it to yelp.
The couple began yelling at the man, who then punched the pregnant woman in the stomach, the report said.
The pregnant woman's boyfriend said he tackled the 59-year-old man and held him on the ground until police arrived.
The case has been handed over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation because it happened on an airplane.