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Good or bad? Delta Air Lines tightens emotional support animal policy — 3 Comments

  1. No 4 month old puppy is a trained service dog. The rules are very clear on what a Service Dog is and what an ESA is. Our Walmart now has signage that no dog(animal) is allowed in a shopping cart.
    Animal Guardians that are offended by these rules are generally the ones breaking them.
    Service Dogs are highly trained specialized animals. ESA are often untrained, not housebroken and poorly socialized often wearing their internet ordered ID and vest declaring them to be Service Dogs while unable to even walk on a leash properly.
    Airlines and other businesses extended the courtesy of allowing ESA to infringe on the rights guaranteed to anyone with a Service Dog. It has been abused to the max and customers, passengers and business owners are getting tired of the growing fallout.
    All mental health forms from the internet where the person has not met in person and has a client/ professional relationship should be round filed. Tags like those issued to people using handicapped parking from your local DMV should be required for all Service Dogs. Having been in stores with a plethora of untrained nasty often unleashed so called service dogs I can say I’m amazed there haven’t been more incidents than reported. An absolute government issued Tag for legit Service dogs ends the debate.

  2. I wonder how many of these “support” animals actually find the experience of flying horribly stressful?

    Properly trained/acclimatised service animals will be able to cope.

    But an emotional support animal is likely to only have the experience of being a home based companion. What special training do they get in reality?

    Should we be treating these animals this way. Flying is very stressful to most, as are any forms of mechanical transport.

    I think it would be kinder not to subject companion animals to the stresses and vulnerabilities of such travel. I think it is a selfish indulgance, unless the animal is especially trained to cope.

    Cargo is horrendous for all animals too.

  3. I’m leaning more with the airlines as too many take advantage of the “service” animal laws. The service animal laws do not support those who say the animal is for emotional support……only service animals. Those animals who can bring you the phone or your meds or assist with blindness. Support animals must have a written statement from a qualified attending doctor stating you genuinely due to mental/emotional state cannot travel without the animal in question. There is a difference between service animal and support animal. Many of the dogs are not service dogs they are support animals,and not well trained. Anyone can get the support animal papers off the internet. For it to be enforced it must have doctor’s note and specifications. Too many have taken advantage and now those who genuinely need it are hurt.Personally, I don’t even like those cafes where you can bring your dog with you. I don’t want a dog pooping next to me while I eat or trying to get too friendly with my legs. Maybe they need to have a section just for those with service animals on the planes. Perhaps those needing support animals could bring a support person instead. Trusted friend or relative.

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