A Delta Air Lines passenger was bitten repeatedly in the face by a dog that was allowed on the plane to provide emotional support to another passenger.
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Marlin Termaine Jackson was sat next to U.S. Marine veteran Ronald Mundy and his dog on the flight from Atlanta to San Diego on Sunday when he was attacked.
Speaking to 10 News, witness Bridget Maddox-Peoples said: "There was a call for help. You could hear a dog growling and a bark, and someone screamed, 'I need help, there's a medical emergency.'"
In an interview with Fox 5, she added: "The gentleman's face was completely bloody, blood in his eyes, cheeks, nose, his mouth, his shirt was covered in blood."
Jackson was helped off the flight drenched in blood, witnessed said.
He is believed to be in a stable condition.
A Delta spokesperson told SFGate: "Prior to pushback of flight 1430, ATL-SAN, a passenger sustained a bite from another passenger's emotional support dog. The customer who was bitten was removed from the flight to receive medical attention."
Mundy was rebooked on a later flight with the dog flying in a pet carrier.