I was flying on a US Air commercial flight today and there was a young military man with his K9 trying to get on a flight standby. I was appalled at the lack of consideration of the airline staff. They told the young man the dog would have to ride on his lap! With a Chihuahua yes...a german shepard no! The dog and the young man of course both had beautiful manners. Both were in uniform. Through the kindness of the other passengers some seat shuffling was done and got the young man into the exit row at least so the dog could be by his feet. But I couldnt think what a shame and what a lack of respect for both the young man and his dog who protect us all!