Due the worldwide pandemic the government has decided that when it comes to air travel, only dogs can be service animals, and companions used for emotional support don’t count.
The Transportation Department decieded to ease tensions between airlines and passangers who bring their fur friends on board for free by saying they need them for emotional support.
Airlines had problems with this rule for years. The department required airlines to allow animals with passengers who had a medical reason saying they needed the animal for emotional support. Airlines believed passengers abused the rule to bring a menagerie of animals on board including cats, turtles, pigs and in one case, a peacock.
But the rules has to be rewriten, because passengers carrying unusual animals on board “eroded the public trust in legitimate service animals.” It also cited the increasing frequency of people “fraudulently representing their pets as service animals,” and a rise in misbehavior by emotional-support animals.
The new rule will force passengers with emotional-support animals to check them into the cargo hold — and pay a pet fee — or leave them at home. The agency estimated airlines will gain up to $59.6 million a year in pet fees.1wed2eff34hh