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Say goodbye to your emotional support animal. From now on, only this service animal is allowed on flights.
A new rule now allows airlines in the United States to ban a wide range of emotional support animals from riding in the cabin. This follows news of controversy over emotional support animals that includes pigs, turtles, peacocks and more, which have been allowed to accompany owners over the past couple of years and have caused trouble mid-flights.
The Department of Transportation stated that only dogs are now accepted as service animals. They also clarify that the term “emotional support animal” is no longer considered the same as that of a “service animal.”
According to the ruling, dogs must be “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability” in order to be considered a service animal. They must also be leashed, tethered or harnessed at all times on flight and must not show signs of aggressive behavior. All other animals must be checked into the cargo hold, most likely for a fee.
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