Hysterical Emotional Support Animals Banned by American Airlines

Hysterical Emotional Support Animals Banned by American Airlines

Delta and United also tightened their rules on animal support animals this year after seeing an increase in animals accompanying passengers. Trained service animals will still be allowed, but emotional support animals like ferrets, goats, snakes, sugar gliders, waterfowl, spiders, and "animals with tusks" will be considered a safety or public health risk.

Bad news if you were planning to bring your emotional support goat for summer travels - American Airlines has banned the animals, along with a slew of other eccentric comfort critters, from traveling in its planes' cabins ahead of peak summer tourism season.

They come after a boom in the number of passengers who are transporting service or support animals aboard planes. Its busiest hubs are, in order, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Miami, Chicago O'Hare and Philadelphia.

American Airlines will now require a 48-hour, advance notice and pre-clearance for emotional support animals.

The airline revised its guidelines Monday for the emotional support and service animals it allows on its flights after it said it saw more than a 40 percent increase in the number or passengers using them from 2016 to 2017.

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"We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal", American Airlines said in a statement. Under the new policy, American Airlines said it will also enforce a rule that requires proper documentation more than 48 hours before a flight.

In April, U.S. Sen. None of the restrictions affect American's service animal policy, which specifically applies to animals that are trained to assist people with disabilities.

"Only one emotional support animal may be held on the lap of a guest with the disability, provided that the animal is no larger than a two-year-old child", the airliner says. But they would no longer receive the protections against discrimination afforded by the Air Carrier Access Act. That could put Burr at odds with mental health advocates who see emotional support animals as a crucial part of treatment for some people with mental disabilities.

Upon toughening its requirements in March, Delta reported an 84 percent hike in animal incidents since 2016, including the mauling of a passenger by a 50-pound dog on a flight from Atlanta to San Diego a year ago.

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