Alaska Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support Animals

By Anna Breuer on 19 April 2018
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Alaska Airlines introduced new rules on Thursday for travel with emotional support animals. The move is intended to rein in potentialabuses on the part of passengers who take untrained, possibly aggressive, animals on flights under the guise of their being service animals.

Travelers purchasing tickets on or after May 1 will be required to provide documentation that the emotional support animal is in good health and that it has been trained to behave appropriately in public settings and a letter signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional must be included.. The rule also requires the animal’s owner to assume responsibility for any damage to property by the animal.

The change only applies to emotional support animals and does not affect the airline’s policy for service animals.

The move follows similar changes by United Airlines and Delta Air Lines earlier in the year.

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