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Only Comfort Dogs, Please

February 6, 2020
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If you’ve traveled by plane recently, it’s possible you’ve seen more and more pets in the airplane aisles. That’s because there’s been an increase in pets on domestic flights. And how airlines and their staff are dealing with the challenges pets might present has made the news. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) recently announced that it plans to tighten the rules around service animals on planes (News flash: only dogs qualify!). Passengers have tried to take peacocks, turkeys, and even snakes on planes, claiming their pets are “comfort” or “emotional support” animals. Well, USDOT said it’s trying to discourage people from scamming the system by bringing in pets as “emotional” support animals instead of paying the fees for their pets to travel on airplanes. Additionally, safety concerns are a factor for USDOT, as airline staff struggle to deal with pets in passenger zones.

Fun fact: Southwest Airlines handled more than 190,000 emotional support animals in one year!