US tightens definition of service animals allowed on planes

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A pig a turtle a peacock the U. S. government has decided that when it comes to air travel only dogs can be considered service animals the transportation department issued a final rule that aims to settle years of tension airlines believe passengers were abusing the rule that allowed them to bring animals for emotional support if they had a doctor's note now the agency says only dogs could be considered service animals and they must be trained to help a person with a physical or psychiatric disability companions used for emotional support don't count the agency said it was rewriting the rules in part because of a rise in miss behavior passengers get fraudulently representing their pets as service animals bringing unusual animals on board the new rule forces passengers to check animals in the cargo hold and pay a pet feed or leave them at home Jennifer king Washington

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