An American Airlines flight attendant was bitten by an emotional support dog on a flight from Dallas to North Carolina Monday.
The incident occurred on American flight #AA3506 from Dallas-Fort Worth to Greensboro, North Carolina, an American Eagle flight operated by Envoy Air, a subsidiary of American. The plane was an Embraer 175, a regional jet.
The unnamed male flight attendant required five stitches on his left hand when he returned to Dallas, American spokesman Ross Feinstein said. The type of dog was not disclosed.
Airlines have been tightening their policies in the wake of an increasing number of incidents involving in-flight animals and an overall increase in the number of pets brought on board.
Passengers have tried to bring on a range of emotional support animals, including a peacock and a squirrel.
American most recently revised its policies in March, limiting emotional support animals to cats and dogs and requiring a veterinary health form with vaccination details, its second revision in as many years.