Delta to Clamp Down on Fake Emotional Support Animals on Flights

By Paul Riegler on 19 January 2018
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DSC_0498Delta Air Lines said Friday it is moving to restrict abuses on the part of passengers who take untrained, possibly aggressive, animals on flights under the guise of them being service animals.

The airline said it is taking these steps due to “a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight,” as well as abuse that includes attempts by passengers to pass off turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders, and other animals as emotional support animals.

“The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said Delta’s senior vice president for corporate safety and security, John Laughter.

The new guidelines for service and support animals will go into effect on March 1. Passengers who wish to travel with a service or support animal will have to submit proof of health or vaccinations 48 hours in advance, a letter signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional as is currently required for emotional support animals, and a signed document confirming that the animal can behave.

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