Skip to comments.American Airlines bans insects, hedgehogs and goats as emotional support animals
Posted on 05/17/2018 10:12:49 AM PDT by servo1969
American Airlines is making it very clear: Insects, goats and hedgehogs cannot be brought on planes as emotional support animals. The airline revised its guidelines on Monday for comfort animals on flights.
Those who want to bring such an animal on board now have to file paperwork 48 hours before a flight, and there are new restrictions on which types of animals are permitted.
"We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal," American Airlines said in a press release. "Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft."
Emotional support animals provide comfort to those suffering from emotional or psychological conditions such as anxiety, depression and panic attacks. They're typically allowed to fly on planes for free if they meet certain requirements.
The use of such animals on flights has ballooned in recent years. American Airlines (AAL) said that between 2016 and 2017, the number of customers transporting service or support animals aboard their planes rose by more than 40%.
Now, the airline is cracking down.
This includes not only insects, goats and hedgehogs, but also ferrets, spiders, and non-household birds, like chickens and hawks. Unclean animals, or animals with an odor, are banned, too.
Miniature horses, meanwhile, remain okay, so long as they're properly trained as service animals.
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This is a real thing now.
Tarantulas are not insects.
I saw someone with a Toilet ,how about those ,LOL
Might be easier to list what is permitted rather than what is banned
I guess I will carry my emotional support cockroach in my ear.
The downside is an ER visit to remove it when I land.
“American Airlines is making it very clear: Insects, goats and hedgehogs cannot be brought on planes”
Too many muslims trying to join the mile high club, I guess.
They would be to a lot of people on a plane.
they better not deny me my ‘emotional support grizzly bear’
What about snakes? Didn’t say that.
My daughter went to a creepy-crawly show last weekend and showed me a picture of a pink tarantula. “No,” I replied.
We have one of those.
But we know that bats are bugs... just ask Calvin...
Then I guess my Emotional Support Octopus is okay?.......................
The whole thing is just silly. If you can’t fly without an animal take the bus. I have been an airline employee for almost 20 years and while nothing surprises me anymore, Im always bemused when a crew member calls me and asks, “Can we take a(n)******* in the cabin?” I always say no. The one time I couldn’t not find anything that said we couldn’t take a spider, we took a 30 min delay because the passenger seated next to the see through box holding the spider, understandably objected and asked to be moved. The problem then became no one would sit next to the person with the tarantula. I thought the passenger who brought it was terribly selfish..
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