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