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.

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

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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.

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  What Do Emotional Support Animals Do, Exactly? <p>Most emotional support animals are not peacocks. But they can legitimately help people with mental health issues.</p>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.

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

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.

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A description of how the Emotional Support Animal will support you in alleviating or reducing your symptoms or allowing you to better function on a daily basis; and. to fly with a person who has an emotional or psychological disability, and.

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.

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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).

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