No more emotional support goats - or growling dogs - allowed, American Airlines says

As more support animals try to fly, American Airlines says leave the goats at home | Miami Herald

As more support animals try to fly, American Airlines says leave the goats at home | Miami Herald

In this April 1, 2017 file photo, a service dog strolls through the isle inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport while taking part in a training exercise, in Newark, N.J. American Airlines on Monday announced new rules for passengers flying with support animals.

American Airlines will ban a number of animals, including hedgehogs, sugar gliders and goats, from its flights, beginning July 1.

Furthermore, the airline said it would no longer allow non-household birds such as farm poultry, waterfowl or game birds (no birds of prey?), as well as animals with tusks, horns or hooves on flights - although apparently miniature horses that have been properly trained as service animals will still be tolerated.

While federal regulation requires airlines to permit service animals to accompany passengers with disabilities in their seat, there has been a growing number of concern about the type of animals passengers have been bringing on board - including comfort turkeys and gliding possums.

About American Airlines Group American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of almost 6,700 flights per day to almost 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

In developing the changes, the airline said it met with such organizations as the American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot.


The airlines is also forbidding any animal that is unclean and or has an odour.

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) is proposing an amendment calling on the U.S. Transportation Department to clarify existing policies. "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". The company said it recently saw a large uptick in customers with support or service animals.

Those people would be subject to airline fees and airline-specific pet policies in the same way a person traveling with a pet would be.

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.

We want to know what you think of seeing more of these animals where they have not previously been welcome, from airlines to the grocery store.

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