No more emotional support goats - or growling dogs - allowed, American Airlines says

No more emotional support goats - or growling dogs - allowed, American Airlines says

Since more passengers are bringing pets with them for emotional support, American is clarifying what kinds of animals are allowed on board for that objective.

American Airlines has become the latest carrier to update its policy on emotional support animals as many airlines report a rise in in-flight animal incidents. "Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers, and working dogs onboard our aircraft", the airlines said in a statement.

Oh, but mini horses are okay, as long they are properly trained as a service animal.

American Airlines said it met with a number of disability groups including American Association of People with Disabilities and Paralyzed Veterans of America to get their input before changing its animal policy.

American Airlines said no animals would be permitted to travel in the cabin if they displayed any disruptive behavior that included growling, biting, jumping or lunging at other passengers.

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The airlines is also forbidding any animal that is unclean and or has an odour.

However, some animals like insects, goats, hedgehogs, ferrets and reptiles are now off limits no matter what. The use of such animals on flights has ballooned in recent years. Owners had been allowed to fill out paperwork the day of their flight, or even at the airport, a spokesperson for American Airlines said. If an animal seems particularly violent or aggressive, it will also be prohibited from boarding a plane with its owner.

Passengers also must contact the American Airlines special assistance desk at least 48 hours before their flight to fly with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal in the cabin.

Last June, a man said he required 28 stitches to his face after being mauled by an emotional support dog on a Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta. American Airline's revised rules go into effect on July 1. The carrier issued new guidelines Tuesday, clamping down on the types of service animals and therapy pets it will permit in the cabin, clarifying a previous policy that allowed passengers to board with any animal, from a pig to a peacock. While it now intends to to enforce the existing 48-hour advanced notice and pre-clearance policy, the airlines said, it also will have procedures in place for emergency travel booked within 48 hours of departure.

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