Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals on Flights Over 8 Hours

Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals on Flights Over 8 Hours

Delta Bans Emotional Support Animals on Flights Over 8 Hours

John Laughter, Delta's senior vice president for corporate safety, security and compliance, said: "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".

In addition, the new policy includes a ban on all emotional-support and service animals less than four months of age regardless of flight duration.

US airlines began changing the rules earlier this year, especially for emotional-support animals, after passengers brought not only dogs and cats but turkeys, goats, snakes and pigs onto planes.

Delta Air Lines says passengers will no longer to bring an emotional-support animal on flights that are longer than eight hours.

"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 corporate safety, security and compliance.

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Delta's decision comes in the wake of an 84 percent spike in reported incidents involving service and support animals through the 2016-2017 year, including urination, defecation, biting and an attack by a 70-pound dog.

Delta Air Lines has announced that certain emotional-support and service animals have been barred from flying on board its airline. It also prohibited all "pit bull-type dogs" as service or support animals in June as "the direct result of growing safety concerns following recent incidents in which several employees were bitten". But the Department of Transportation has questioned its previous policy, saying "a limitation based exclusively on breed of the service animal is not allowed under the Department's Air Carrier Access Act regulation" in a statement. The carriers banned some animals outright and required additional documentation for others.

The airline noted that exceptions will be made until February 1 for customers who already bought a ticket and asked to bring a support animal. Airlines, however, are not allowed to keep an animal from boarding the plane because the animal makes a passenger or crew member uncomfortable.

Note: The headline has been updated to reflect only emotional support animals have been banned on long flights.

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