Man Sues Delta, Passenger Over Emotional Support Dog Attack

A man who claims he suffered "extensive facial damage" when an emotional support dog mauled him on a flight two years ago is suing Delta Air Lines and one of its passengers, NBC News reported.

Marlin Jackson's lawsuit, filed Friday in Georgia, says that "an entire row of seats had to be removed from the airplane" after the bloody attack on a flight from Atlanta to San Diego.

Jackson claims he was attacked by the dog, which was sitting in his seatmate's lap despite Delta policy that large emotional support dogs be secured to the floor, after its owner assured him the dog wouldn't bite.

NBC News was unable to immediately reach the dog's owner for comment. A representative for Delta said the airline can't comment on pending litigation but noted that it changed its emotional support animal policy last year to require "confirmation of animal training" and "banned pit bulls and animals under four months of age as service or support animals."

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