Recently a passenger claimed that Spirit told her to flush an emotional support hamster down the toilet. There was big news when United banned an emotional support peacock from flying. There’s also the story about Daniel, an emotional support duck!
As you can see from the examples listed above, people are trying to bring just about any kind of animal onboard in the name of emotional support.
I was happy to see that American Airlines is now cracking down.
CNN reports that, “Insects, goats and hedgehogs cannot be brought on planes as emotional support animals.”
The changes were announced yesterday regarding which animals can be brought onto flights. The new rules go into effect on July 1.
If you’d like to bring support animals on a flight, American Airlines now requires paperwork be filed at least 48 hours in advance. Besides this change, there are also limits on what kind of animals can fly.
The main basis for the change comes down to safety. CNN cites a statement from the airline which states “Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft.”
I think we’ve also noticed how the amount of emotional support animals on flights have increased too much in recent years. From 2016 to 2017, American says that the numbers have gone up 40%.
The full list of animals now banned from flying on American Airlines flights includes “insects, goats, hedgehogs, ferrets, spiders, and non-household birds, like chickens and hawks. Unclean animals, or animals with an odor, are banned, too.”
I applaud American for these changes and it seems that sanity finally won when it comes to emotional support animals.
Find out more from CNN here.