Marlin Jackson, 44, was flying from Atlanta to San Diego last week on Delta Airlines.
As he took his seat on the plane, he discovered that the man sitting next to him had a 50-pound dog sitting in his lap.
According to other passengers on the flight, the dog started growling at Jackson and then lunged at him as he buckled his seat belt.
The dog began biting Jackson in spite of the efforts of the dog’s owner, Kevin Mundy, to pull the dog off Jackson, according to a report in Oregon Live.
Jackson was taken to the emergency room where he received 28 stitches for his wounds and is likely to have permanent scarring from the incident.
Delta said that the dog was allowed on the flight under the Air Carrier Access Act that allows people to travel with ‘emotional support’ service dogs without charge.