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Travel How to Fly With an Emotional Support Animal—Legitimately

22:40  14 february  2018
22:40  14 february  2018 Source:   cntraveler.com

Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Delta wants to know before you board.

  Who’s a good dog? Who’s a good dog? Delta wants to know before you board. DALLAS — Delta Air Lines will soon require owners of service and support animals to provide more information before their animal can fly in the passenger cabin, including an assurance that it’s trained to behave itself. The airline says complaints about animals biting or urinating or defecating on planes have nearly doubled since 2016. Starting March 1, Delta said Friday, the airline will require owners to show proof of their animal’s health or vaccinations at least 48 hours before a flight.

There's no uniform system for emotional support animals , so for now, here's the airline-by-airline breakdown. In mid-January, Delta announced it would be enforcing tighter restrictions on support animals , citing an “84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including

There's no uniform system for emotional support animals , so for now, here's the airline-by-airline breakdown.

a dog sitting on top of a car© Getty In mid-January, Delta announced it would be enforcing tighter restrictions on support animals, citing an “84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, including urination/defecation, biting, and even a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog.” United soon joined Delta in cracking down, and American Airlines and JetBlue are expected to follow suit.

Why? In part, because more and more passengers are taking advantage of airlines’ lax rules to bestow phony “emotional support” titles on animals, helping them to skirt the stipulations and fees typically required of pets traveling the proper way (on average, $125). The surge of online companies selling unofficial service vests, collar tags, and fake certificates doesn’t help, either. And, as a result, the untrained animals you see in the news give a bad rap to those individuals who genuinely require an emotional support animal—such as those suffering from debilitating anxiety provoked by flying—since their authentic need is no longer easily distinguishable from the imposters.

What Do Emotional Support Animals Do, Exactly?

  What Do Emotional Support Animals Do, Exactly? Most emotional support animals are not peacocks. But they can legitimately help people with mental health issues.There's been a lot of debate over the years about emotional support animals and the many forms they may take on a cramped flight. Although most tend to be dogs or cats, we've seen a lot of fowl making their way on board recently: an incredibly fancy chicken, a duck with some very chic footwear, and, now, a very regal peacock making its way through Newark Liberty International Airport.

Emotional support animal registration or emotional support animal certification is not real. You do not need to register your ESA in any database to be a legal With a legal emotional support animal , you are able to live together with no added fees and within “no pets allowed” accommodations.

Emotional support animals are allowed access to their handler’s home, even if the apartment or HOA rules do not allow pets. Only an ESA letter will qualify your dog as a legitimate Emotional Support Animal . No, as mentioned earlier and should be emphasized again, ESA registration is not required.

For now, the Department of Transportation has no uniform standards for emotional support animals. So in the meantime, as airlines continue to tighten their individual requirements, here’s what you’ll need if you need to travel domestically with a support animal—legitimately:

Signed Medical or Mental Health Professional Document

This piece of documentation is the only one you’re required to obtain for all domestic air carriers. Delta, United, and American each provide a downloadable form to have completed by your medical doctor or mental health professional. Fields include proof of license, assurance that you have a psychological need for the animal, contact information, and a signature. JetBlue, Southwest, and Alaska ask for similar information submitted on an official letterhead.

Spirit Airlines employee told student to flush emotional support hamster down the toilet, student alleges

  Spirit Airlines employee told student to flush emotional support hamster down the toilet, student alleges Belen Aldecosea of Miami Beach, Fla., said she flushed her emotional support hamster down the toilet after Spirit Airlines refused her furry pet on the flight. A college student said she flushed her emotional support hamster down the toilet after Spirit Airlines refused to let her bring her furry pet on the plane. Belen Aldecosea, 21, of Miami Beach, Fla., told the Miami Herald that she contacted Spirit Airlines before her flight from Baltimore to South Florida on Nov. 21, 2017, regarding traveling with her dwarf hamster named Pebbles.

ESA Registration Services – Emotional support animals are not required to be registered. There is no governing body that registers emotional support animals . The Benefits you Get with an Emotional Support Animal Letter. Emotional support animals have certain rights that regular pets don’t have.

Here’s how to book a flight with an emotional support animal . In the United States service animals fall under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), ESAs do not. The major difference being, for example, a person with a service dog can’t be denied entry into a restaurant that doesn’t allow dogs.

Veterinary Certification of Animal’s Health

In general, you should carry a copy of your animal’s most recent vaccination records with you at all times when traveling, as a precaution. As of this writing, however, Delta is the only airline that formally calls for you to fill out a Veterinary Health Form (the United website says vaccination forms will be available soon, probably by March 1, when their new policies take effect.) The Delta documentation requires that your veterinarian provide their license and contact information, as well as the specific dates when your animal was given vaccinations for rabies and distemper.

Signed Confirmation of Training Form

Most air carriers have a somewhat amorphous policy that, in lieu of requiring physical documentation, suggests they will assess the animal’s behavior upon check-in to determine if your pet is well-trained enough to fly. This evaluation is vague and can vary not just from airline to airline, but from employee to employee. That said, Delta is now asking for a more concrete statement: a form that affirms your pet has been trained to behave in a public setting and takes direction upon command. (We’d like to see an emu roll over or play dead.) Though they don't ask for an actual certificate or the name of a licensed trainer, the form does push you as a passenger to take on more personal responsibility. As with the Veterinary Health Form, all signs indicate United will soon follow with a similar procedure.

Dog Bite of Child Spurs Southwest to Review Support Animals

  Dog Bite of Child Spurs Southwest to Review Support Animals Southwest Airlines Co. is reviewing its policies on emotional support and service animals after a dog bit a young girl on the forehead aboard one of its planes. The dog was in the first row of seats against a bulkhead when the girl, about six years old, approached it after the owner had asked her to stay back, said Southwest spokeswoman Melissa Ford. The dog’s teeth “scraped” the girl’s forehead as it turned away, breaking the skin and causing a minor injury, she said.Southwest won’t “immediately” change its animal policies “because we want to do it right” after reviewing the issue, Ford said Thursday.

You may also have an emotional support animal vest or patch, identifying your pet; a photo ID card; a certification document; and letter from your mental health professional, prescribing the emotional support animal to treat the symptoms of your disability. Traveling with your pet is easy

Register your emotional support animal (ESA) today for therapeutic benefit, such as alleviating or mitigating some symptoms of disability, to an individual with These laws create a rule that a landlord or public facility cannot discriminate against a person or persons with an emotional support animal .

You’ll need to submit all appropriate paperwork at least 48 hours before a flight through online upload, fax, or email (and everything must be dated no more than a year old). As always, your animal must fit under the seat, at your feet, or in your lap, and cannot block the aisle—nor can you book an exit row. Visit airline websites for specific restrictions on which animals are allowed (e.g. no emotional support ferrets on Alaska, JetBlue, or Delta).

American Airlines bans emotional support amphibians, ferrets, goats and more .
First United Airlines barred an emotional support peacock from boarding. Now American Airlines is telling passengers some of their service and emotional support animals - including goats, hedgehogs and tusked creatures - can't fly. The carrier is joining rival airlines in tightening rules for passengers flying with emotional support animals, expanding the list of animals that can't fly in First United Airlines barred an emotional support peacock from boarding. Now American Airlines is telling passengers some of their service and emotional support animals - including goats, hedgehogs and tusked creatures - can't fly.

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