Delta recently announced it would be enforcing tighter restrictions on support animals, citing an “84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016.”
United and American have teamed up, and effective July 1, you have to leave your emotional support hedgehog, ferret, snake, goat, spider, and more at home.
Don’t blame us, blame the lady and her peacock, and countless of passengers who are skirting the stipulations and fees typically required of pets traveling the proper way (on average, $125).
Toss in the sale of unofficial service vests, collar tags, and fake certificates, and well, here we are — and as a result, individuals who genuinely require an emotional support animal — such as those suffering from debilitating anxiety provoked by flying— are taking it on the nose.
For now, the Department of Transportation has no uniform standards for emotional support animals.
Signed Airline Forms
If you’re traveling on the following airlines (see below), mental health care providers must now certify (a) they’re currently treating the passenger’s emotional disability and (b) the passenger is under their current and ongoing professional care.
And, depending on the airline, a specific signed form may also be required.
- American Airlines
- Delta Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
- United Airlines
- Alaska Airlines
- JetBlue Airways
- Spirit Airlines
Additional fees apply when requesting a signed travel form.
Please note airlines are constantly updating their travel requirements, and the above list may not be accurately reflect any recent additions.
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