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Man got pet 'support' monkey through TSA before airline folks finally freaked out



A monkey was seen boarding a flight to Las Vegas last Wednesday, alarming its passengers and crew during the flight.

However, surveillance video showed Jason Ellis and his 4-year-old marmoset monkey going through TSA screening without a hitch. 

Is that a marmoset in your pocket?

When Ellis boarded his Frontier Airlines flight to Las Vegas, a flight attendant noticed the monkey sticking out of Ellis' pocket.

The airline claimed the monkey owner broke protocol by not informing the airline staff that the monkey was an emotional support animal, and refused to show proper paperwork.  


It's a comfort feeling, because he needs me just as much as I need him.
Jason Ellis, talking about his marmoset Gizmo

Just a monkey mix-up

Ellis had a different story -- he says that he was rushing to board the plane and was the last person to board the flight.

His monkey Gizmo is usually on the flight roster, but Ellis wasn't able to access the paperwork mid-flight, calling it a miscommunication.


Gizmo the stress monkey

Emotional support animals, also known as companion animals, provide remedial benefits and relief from stress, anxiety, and depression.

Ellis says he will take extra measures when he travels in the future to ensure a mix up like this doesn't ever happen again. 

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