American Airlines cracks down on emotional support animals

        American Airlines has announced that reptiles, rodents, and goats will not be allowed to fly on their flights, even if they’re emotional support animals. These animals and a sizable list of others have been banned from flying on the airline due to safety issues American says it has seen an increase in support animals in recent years, jumping more than 40% from 2016 to 2017. In a statement released Monday the airline said: “We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal. Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft.”

Emotional support and service animals cannot: · Protrude into or block aisles · Occupy a seat · Eat from tray tables

Animal restrictions: · Amphibians · Ferrets · Goats · Hedgehogs · Insects · Reptiles · Rodents · Snakes · Spiders · Sugar gliders · Non-household birds (farm poultry, waterfowl, game birds, & birds of prey) · Animals with tusks, horns or hooves (excluding miniature horses properly trained as service animals) · Any animal that is unclean / has an odor

Miniature horses who have been properly trained as service animals are still permitted.

United and Delta also issued guidelines this year that implemented new restrictions on support animals on their flights.

United issued a new pet policy shortly after a highly publicized incident in which a dog died on one of its flights after being forced into an overhead bin.

American said it will begin to enforce a policy requiring passengers to give 48-hour advanced notice before bringing an emotional support animal on a flight. However, the airline said that it will have procedures in place for emergency travel booked within 48 hours of a departure.

 

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