A Gainesville family was involved in an in-flight fight about a service dog on a plane Thursday, according to an Orlando Police Department field report.
A Gainesville family was involved in an in-flight scuffle about a service dog aboard a Frontier flight Thursday, according to an Orlando Police Department field report.
Timothy Manley, 59, and Petrini Manley, 56, with their son 27-year-old Joshua, were on Frontier Flight 1752 to Orlando from Colorado Springs, Colorado. The three live in Gainesville.
Also on the flight were Mathew Silvay, 30, and Hazel Ramirez, 21, of both Colorado Springs, with their two children. Silvay and Ramirez are deaf and have a service dog, a Great Dane named Zariel. Ramirez, according to the police report, is visibly pregnant.
When the plane began to descend, Petrini Manley complained of being allergic to dogs. When the plane landed, Zariel stood up.
The report says Timothy Manley believed the dog took up more space than he felt it deserved and then punched it with a closed fist. Zariel yelped, shook her head and went under a seat.
Silvay and Ramirez yelled at Manley, who punched Ramirez in the stomach.
A flight attendant called police. Silvay told police he tackled Manley to detain him until police arrived.
The field report lists Timothy Manley as a suspect and Ramirez as a victim. Silvay, Petrini Manley and Joshua Manley are listed as witnesses.
The FBI is handling the incident because it occured on a plane.