American Airlines Tightens Rules for Emotional Support and Service Animals

By Anna Breuer on 9 March 2019
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DSC_0514 (1)American Airlines announced changes to its policies for travel with service and emotional support animals. The new rules go into effect on April 1, 2019.

The airline last updated its rules for emotional support and service animals in May 2018.

Effective April 1, passengers will be allowed to bring only one emotional support animal on a flight and the choice of an emotional support animal will be limited to a dog or cat. A traditional service animal may be a dog, cat, or in certain circumstances, a miniature horse.

No emotional support and service animals under four months of age will be permitted to travel because animals under this age typically have not yet received all necessary vaccinations, which would protect other passengers and American Airlines employees in the event the animal bites someone.

The airline is also requiring that passengers submit a veterinary health form with complete immunization details for all emotional support animals.

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