The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : ‘The System is Clearly Abused’: Why 2018 Was a Terrible Year for Emotional Support Pets on Planes The Pet Tree House - Where Pets Are Family Too : ‘The System is Clearly Abused’: Why 2018 Was a Terrible Year for Emotional Support Pets on Planes

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

‘The System is Clearly Abused’: Why 2018 Was a Terrible Year for Emotional Support Pets on Planes


It’s been a tough year for emotional support animals. Several have made headlines due to incidents with airlines and, in response, many airlines have tightened their restrictions on these animals.

The latest: Delta announced in a press release on Monday that it will be imposing stricter regulations on emotional support animals on its flights. Specifically, emotional support animals will not be allowed on flights longer than eight hours. Age also matters. Emotional support animals and trained service animals will not be allowed on flights if they are under 4 months old.

This comes less than a year after Delta announced that it would tighten its regulations on emotional support animals in response to an 84 percent increase in incidents with the animals since 2016. The airline specifically called out animals peeing and pooping on flights and biting passengers or crew.

United Airlines also changed its emotional support animal policy after an emotional support peacock was denied access to a flight. United now requires “additional documentation,” including a veterinary health form that shows the animal has been properly vaccinated and has been trained to “behave properly in a public setting. With prior documentation and clearance, a customer may travel with no more than one emotional support animal, which cannot weigh more than 65 pounds,” the new regulations say.

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