Permitting emotional support animals on planes becomes hot potato for DOT

Permitting emotional support animals on planes becomes hot potato for DOT

The DOT is reviewing more than 4,400 public comments as it determines whether it should end a federal requirement that airlines allow passengers to bring emotional support animals (ESAs) onto flights.

No timeline has been set for completion of the decision process.

“The department’s next steps will be determined after completing the comment review and analysis,” a spokeswoman said.

As part of the rulemaking process, the DOT initiated a public review of ESA regulations in May after airlines complained that many flyers were abusing the rules by falsely claiming they needed their pets for emotional support. Doing so, airlines said, gives passengers an end run around fees the carriers charge for pet carriage, while also exempting those pets from requirements that they be kenneled during a flight.

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