Thursday, 24 May, 2018

American Airlines banning ferrets, goats and hedgehogs from flights

As more support animals try to fly, American Airlines says leave the goats at home | Miami Herald No goats. Or peacocks. But mini horses ok under American Airlines new support animal policy
Preston Stone | 15 May, 2018, 20:57

"The ACAA (Air Carrier Access Act) actually has standards, for emotional support animals, they have standards for service dogs, and they have the right to remove that dog before they enter the flight", Pratt said.

Furthermore, the airline said it would no longer allow non-household birds such as farm poultry, waterfowl or game birds (no birds of prey?), as well as animals with tusks, horns or hooves on flights - although apparently miniature horses that have been properly trained as service animals will still be tolerated.

From 2016 to 2017, the airline said it saw a 40 percent rise in service or support animals on its aircraft - similar to increases at other airlines like Delta and United, which made similar changes this year. American will now enforce the existing 48-hour advanced notice and pre-clearance policy for emotional support animals, but will have procedures in place for emergency travel booked within 48 hours of departure.

The airline announced changes to its policy on Monday following recent controversies over attempts to bring peacocks and other non-traditional support animals on board its flights.

American Airlines is based in Forth Worth, Texas.

Emotional support animals provide emotional, psychiatric or cognitive support for individuals with disabilities, and are allowed to fly for free with their owners if they meet certain criteria, according the American Airlines.

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If an animal seems particularly violent or aggressive, it will also be prohibited from boarding a plane with its owner.

The airline worked with several disabilities groups, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot, to develop the new rules.

While many critics believe pets on planes have gotten out of hand, Pratt says it's important to remember the people who truly need them.

Those people would be subject to airline fees and airline-specific pet policies in the same way a person traveling with a pet would be.

Travelers must also fill out a form conforming to behavior guidelines for their support animal, including agreeing that if the animal can not be well-behaved on the flight, it will be treated as a pet and all pet fees will apply.

United Airlines had to make that decision back in January, when an emotional support peacock named Dexter was denied entry to a flight in Newark.

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