Alaska Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals from Flights

By Kurt Stolz on 29 December 2020
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On board an Alaska flight from Washington, D.C. – Los Angeles –

Alaska Airlines said it would no longer accept any emotional support animals on its flights.

The action follows new Department of Transportation rules that require the airline only to transport service animals.

Alaska will allow a maximum of two service dogs per cabin.  Service dogs are specially trained animals that perform specific tasks for a disabled individual.

“This regulatory change is welcome news, as it will help us reduce disturbances onboard, while continuing to accommodate our guests traveling with qualified service animals,” said the airline’s director of customer advocacy, Ray Prentice.

Passengers will be required to sign a DOT form in which they attest that the dog in question is a qualified and “legitimate” service animal and has been trained to perform a specific task or set of tasks for the passenger in question.

The new rule goes into effect starting January 11, 2021. For flights booked prior to January 11, the airline will continue to allow emotional support animals under its current policy through February 28, 2021.

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