Listen: How Airlines Are Cracking Down On Emotional Support Animals
"This guys aren't always so friendly. A couple incidents have been reported of large dogs biting airline passengers as the number of pets flying as service and emotional support animals has skyrocketed according to delta alone. It was up one hundred and fifty percent between twenty fifteen and twenty seventeen this prompted the airline and others to enact more stringent requirements for onboard animals Delta's rules now say that owners of emotional support animals will be required to show proof of their pets health or vaccinations at least forty eight hours before flight. They also need to present a statement from their doctored clearing a mental health disability. Finally owners must also sign a statement saying they're animal can behave emotional support animals, occupy a different category from service animals, which are highly trained to perform specific potentially lifesaving tasks for people living with a disability. A we spoke by Email with Beth Zimmerman founder of pets for patriots an organization that matches shelter dogs and cats with veterans. She said emotional support animals are companion pets, ordinary house pets that are recommended by an individual's mental health professional for the alleviation of symptoms of an emotional disability emotional support animals do not have to be tasked trained or have any unique training at all. Their mere presence is assistive. Yes. As don't even have to be dogs stakes rats and pigs can be used as ES as a one photo that circulated the internet recently claimed to picture and emotional support. Peacock airlines don't have to accommodate unusual service animals, though. But they do have to provide the passenger with a written explanation of their reasoning. We also spoke by Email with psychologist to Nisha ranger who works mainly with veterans. She said the research on the positive impact that emotional support animals have on people who are struggling with mental. Illness is pretty plentiful. They have a calming effect lowering stress levels in the owner, they offer companionship and help to lessen isolation. They offer a sense of security and protection for those who struggle with PTSD to get a feel for how this works. We spoke by Email with Ashley Jacobs CEO of sitting for 'cause Jacobs has hereditary Huma Chroma toasts which requires her to have regular full Bottomley's to which she always brings her nine year old. Golden retriever diamond Jacobs said needles are my biggest fear in the world. So my ESA comes with me to all my flip Bottomley's having her with me keeps me from panicking. During the procedure yet Jacobs also said she wouldn't take diamond with her on a plane for one. She doesn't need her dog for travelling also quote while she is a very well behaved dog. It's hard to guarantee she wouldn't get a little answer anxious about the new sound smells at environment on a plane. She's also about seventy pounds and takes up a bit of space. So for the comfort of other passengers to avoid giving ES as potentially bad rep. I figured it's best to leave her at home. Unlike service dogs who are allowed access pretty much everywhere by federal law, the only legal rights essays have are reasonable accommodation in no pet housing and the right to accompany their owners in the cabin of commercial aircraft without having to be kept in the container or to pay pet transportation fee, which is typically at least one hundred dollars each way. Many passengers looking to avoid this fee. Have started to classify their pets as emotional support animals. Psychologists ranger said there's a lot of fraud out there, a cursory Google search will find you any number of websites where you can buy letters from clinicians tags invests which may not be legitimate. And when trained animals tech innocent bystanders, it further create stigma for those who actually need service animals, Christopher father operations administrator for assistance, dogs international said individuals with disabilities often have additional stress as they do not know when they may encounter a nontrained ESA dog that may inflict harm on them. And they're trained assistance dog the general public is also. Acted as they cannot determine which assistance dog team is trained or which ones are nontrained ESA dogs. The jury's still out on exactly what needs to happen to rectify the issue, but most industry experts agree that something needs to be done, the air carrier access act lists these specific rules regarding service animals and ESA's aboard aircraft and states that airlines may request documentation for ES as such as the type of delta requires the rules say airlines can determine whether the animal is truly a service of support animal by quote, observing the behavior of the animal looking for physical indicators such as harness and accepting the credible. Verbal assurances of an individual with disability using the animal some nineteen states have laws prohibiting people from passing off their pets as service animals, but they're hard to enforce due to rules from the Americans with disabilities. Act concerning what questions a business owner may ask about a service animal, for instance, a business owner cannot ask for documentation or demonstration of a service dog training. There's also. So no registry of service trained animals. Attorney Aaron Jackson has written about the hostility. She encountered from airline employees and passengers when she traveled with her. Yes. A she said, unfortunately, the prevalence of ESA vest and registry scams. Desensitizes the public from understanding the impact and importance of ES as to individuals who truly need them for therapeutic purposes. Instead of using the animal is therapy tool. Fellow travelers may resent other passengers who are allowed to bring their pets on the plane, however note that because yes as don't wear identification other travelers may not be able to distinguish between a pet and an"