An image claiming a woman was caught breastfeeding her cat while onboard a Delta Airlines flight has been making rounds online.

The incident reportedly took place on a flight from Syracuse, New York, to Atlanta, Georgia, according to Yahoo News Australia.

The image is a screenshot of a supposed ACARS (Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System) message the pilot of Delta Air flight DL1360 sent to the ground, requesting a "Redcoat" to meet one of the passengers on the plane.

"Req Redcoat meet AC Pax (passenger) in (seat) 13A is breastfeeding a cat and will not put cat back in its carrier when FA (flight attendant) requested," the message reads.

Stationed at airports, Red Coats are customer service experts who are trained to handle "on-the-stop customer issues" as per Delta Airlines' website.

Many people expressed their disbelief after seeing the said image. 

Author Rick Wilson posted about it, writing, "I saw this on Reddit today. It's an ACARS in-flight message from the cockpit to the ground. Also, civilization had a good run."

A netizen responded to his tweet, saying, "Has anyone tried unplugging humanity & plugging it back in?"

Though the airline has not yet released a statement about it, aviation advocate and former NYCAviation owner Phil Derner claimed in a tweet that he had personally confirmed the incident when it took place.

Responding to a netizen's post, he noted, "I personally confirmed this when it happened. Surprised it took so long to make it around the internet. Haha"

Ainsley Elizabeth, a flight attendant who was on the same plane, posted about the incident on TikTok on Nov. 13, according to WFLA.

"This woman had one of those, like, hairless cats swaddled up in a blanket so it looked like a baby," the outlet quoted her as saying. "Her shirt was up and she was trying to get the cat to latch and she wouldn’t put the cat back in the carrier. And the cat was screaming for its life."

Delta Airlines allows passengers to travel with small dogs, cats and household birds along with them in the aircraft. These furry friends can accompany passengers in the cabin granted that they fit in small, ventilated pet carriers. Passengers must also make sure that the carriers are small enough to fit underneath the seat in front of them.

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