Airlines Tighten Rules Surrounding Emotional Support Animals

Published December 2, 2020 16 Views

Rumble The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is cracking down on emotional support animals on airplanes.
The agency announced that airlines are not required to recognize emotional support animals as service animals.
The new rule states that airlines may treat emotional support animals as pets and require them to be handled as such.
Airlines asked the DOT to regulate the issue due to their concern that passengers were taking advantage of the system.
Airlines claim that passengers fraudulently passed off their pets as emotional support animals to avoid paying fees.
Emotional support animals provide comfort but unlike service animals, they are not required to have training in specific tasks.
According to CNN, pigs, peacocks, and other animals have previously flown as emotional support animals.

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