Hysterical Emotional Support Animals Banned by American Airlines

Hysterical Emotional Support Animals Banned by American Airlines

As of July 1, no amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, reptiles, rodents, snakes, spiders and sugar gliders will be permitted on the airline's flights, even if they are emotional support animals.

For American Airlines, the new ban extends to insects, goats, hedgehogs, ferrets, spiders, non-household birds (chickens, hawks), and unclean or smelly animals. Miniature horses are still okay, as long as they have been properly trained as service animals.

More than 10 ten emotional support animals are now banned by American Airlines as the carrier seeks to tighten its rules for passengers flying with animals, including those that growl, lunge and bite.

United had said that requests for emotional support animals travelling in the plane cabin had gone up 75% to 76,000 in the past year. They said the increased number of customers also brought an increase in the number of onboard incidents involving those animals. Other airlines, like United and Delta, have also updated their animal policies in recent months. "Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft". For flights scheduled to be over eight hours, guests must also provide an animal sanitation form.

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Under the legislation, people who have mental disabilities who need to travel with emotional support or "psychiatric service" animals may still be able to fly with their animals.

American Airlines also announced Monday that those planning to travel with an animal must fill out the appropriate paperwork at least 48 hours ahead of the flight. "Incidents when people try to pass off their pets as support animals are going to be reined in".

"This is not going to change the policy for those of us who are dependent on our trained, well-behaved service animals", he said.

In order for an animal to qualify, the passenger must provide a letter from a mental-health professional describing the mental or emotional disability that shows the need for the animal, and proof of the professional's licensing. "It's hard to discern the difference between people passing off a pet as an emotional support dog versus a legitimate service animal that is there to mitigate a disability".

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