Delta Tightens Leash on Emotional Support Animal Policy

By Anna Breuer on 22 June 2018
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Delta Air Lines announced additional changes to its emotional support animal policy earlier in the week.

DSC_5059 (1)The new requirements, which go into effect on July 10, limit each passenger to one emotional support animal and ban “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.

The move follows what the airline said was an 84% increase in incidents involving service or support animals since 2016. The carrier also said that some passengers ignore “the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals.”

In January, Delta announced a set of restrictions on the transport of emotional support animals that went into effect March 1. Passengers who wish to travel with a service or support animal must 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. Other airlines quickly followed suit.

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