It’s amazing how a few bad apples and ruin the whole bunch. While many people need emotional support animals to process the world around them and keep a level head, some people took the trend a little too far. You’ve read about how someone tried to bring a peacock on board a plane as an emotional support animal. Now airlines are fighting back because two airlines have just banned emotional support animals from their planes.
Which two airlines do not like emotional support animals on their flights? United Airlines and Delta have made a move to ban emotional support kittens and puppies from their flights. If you have an emotional support animal that is a puppy or kitten, you’re going to have to take your business elsewhere if you want to travel within the United States.
As of Monday, January 7, United Airlines banned kittens and puppies under four-months-old from traveling on their planes. The reason that the airline refuses to have these animals on board is that they have seen an increase in on-board behavioral issues and mess-making problems.
The four-month rule actually applies to all animals and not just of the emotional support variety. United Airlines and Delta do not want people bringing baby animals onto their flights if they’re traveling in the cabin. Support pets will be banned from flights lasting more than 8 hours.
“Animals under the age of four months typically have not received the necessary vaccinations that help ensure the safety of our employees and customers,” United said.
United Airlines wishes they could make their change retroactive, but if you booked a flight prior to the January 7, 2019 change, you could still bring your animal on the plane. But anyone who books a flight after January 7, will face the strict and harsh rules of the airlines.
United Airlines banned these animals “to further ensure the well-being of our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities,” the company wrote in a blog post.
Delta announced its stricter policies regarding emotional support animals in December 2018. Although the airline will gladly accept passengers’ money to allow them to bring animals on the flight.
“These updates support Delta’s commitment to safety and also protect the rights of customers with documented needs — such as veterans with disabilities — to travel with trained service and support animals,” said John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president for safety, security, and compliance.
Meanwhile, animal rights advocates argue that these airlines are being cruel.
“This is just another move in a long line of moves to restrict pets on aircrafts,” said Christopher Elliott, founder of consumer advocacy organization Elliott.org. “Animals could go the way of peanuts on planes at some point in the future — ideally airlines do not want to have any animals in the cabin.”
Elliott added, “The role pets play in society has really shifted in the past couple of years. When people think of pets as children, they will do anything to fly with them. But pets should really stay at home.”
What do you think about this move for airlines to ban certain emotional support animals?
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