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Tired of Unruly “Support” Animals on Your Flight?  Delta Has Your Back!

Brett HolzhauerTired of Unruly “Support” Animals on Your Flight?  Delta Has Your Back!Million Mile Secrets Team

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Airlines are trying to figure out the best way to handle those with Emotional Support Animals (ESA’s) as carefully as possible.  Delta, however, has drawn a line in the sand.

They have announced that for all flights purchased after December 18, 2018, ESAs will not be allowed on any flights longer than 8 hours.  To add, all support animals (service animals & ESAs) under 4 months old will be banned from all Delta flights.  These new rules are in response to a sharp increase in incidents involving service & support animals.

If this impacts your travel plans, you could travel with your pet by train or find another airline to fly with.  Here’s our guide to the major US airlines’ pet policies.

Delta Isn’t Banning Service Dogs, Like This One My Wife And I Raised for a Deserving Military Veteran

As someone who has raised a service dog, these are very understandable rules put in place.

To be clear, there is a difference between a service animal and an emotional support animal.  A service animal has be trained to complete a specific task and these are not being banned from long flights.  However service animals and ESAs under 4 months are being banned officially because of rabies and vaccination requirements.  But it’s likely the main reason is because they can be crazy…cute, but crazy.

It is a large ask to put an animal on a flight that is longer than 8 hours.  There is a chance the animal will need to go to the bathroom, and that could cause a health concern if an accident were to happen.  Also, the 4-month-old rule is extremely understandable.  It is hard to make the argument that a 3-month-old puppy is trained enough to complete any tasks, let alone behave during any duration of flight.

Delta has estimated that they fly 700 service animals a day, which is incredible.  While I’m sure a large amount of these animals have behaved and served their owners well, there are people that have abused these rules and have resulted in unfortunate situations.

What are your thoughts about these new rules?

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I am wondering if the demand for bringing animals on board gets higher, that airlines might consider flights with a separate section. Kind of like premium economy. They have a section just for people with animal companions, sectioned off, to keep the allergens in one space. It wouldn’t be perfect, but that might be a way to try and keep those who are allergic away from the dander.

The air in the cabins are recirculated many times an hour, so if there were pet allergens wafting in the air, they would be pushed throughout the cabins and not remain in one area. Saying that, the air as it is recirculated, passes through a filtration system and hopefully, that would trap most of what might concern you.

I am very allergic to cats and dogs. I can put up with a dog that’s a service animal because I understand how important that can be. But I’m really resentful of “support” animals and their owners who get in a plane first and are given the first seats on a plane…and I know people who just want to take their pet everywhere. I think they should get a teddy bear.

I think you should get an antihistamine and stop commenting on issues about which you know nothing. Your problem with animals is obviously a jealous/envy issue!



Thanks for reading! I unfortunately have the same feelings. I’m sure a certain % of people need those support animals, but there is also a % that abuse the system.

Even though as a believer of limited government, I think the government does need to start taking a look at this at a deeper level.

Dogs and Cats on planes have been an ongoing difficulty for our family due my husbands allergy. Just wondering if anyone has suggestions or experiences that might help others with allergies to animal dander/hair. Airlines and many people don’t realize that even if you are not right next to the person with the animal (many times out of the carrier) sometimes the sneezing and congestion starts from sitting in a seat that was used by animal on the previous flight. No one is cleaning these seats after each flight.

Again, there are many, many, many antihistamines available for allergy symptoms, both over-the-counter and prescription. Talk to your doctor about which one might be right for you!



I have empathy towards your husband, I am allergic to cats. However, mine is very manageable since it is only when I come in physical contact.

My best suggestion is to bring sanitation tools like wipes and wiping down the seat prior to sitting. I’ve started making a habit of this.

Thanks for reading!

Although I cannot imagine why anyone would think I would be jealous if an animal, I do know a lot about antihistamines. I have seen multiple allergists and taken shots to control allergies, as have many people. I have taken a antihistamines off and on all my life. They all make me sleepy and groggy. Some people think pills will fix everything I guess…