If you are planning on a much-needed getaway in the United States by air and taking your emotional support animal, double check the changes recently issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
The changes were deemed necessary for air traveler safety, after numerous concerns were cited by several individuals regarding service animals in limited aircraft space.
Here are some specifics on the new rules for service animals when flying:
- The definition of a service animal as a dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.
- No longer considers an emotional support animal to be a service animal. They can be considered as pets. Note: psychiatric service animals are treated the same as other service animals.
- Allows airlines to require forms developed by DOT attesting to a service animal’s health, behavior, and training. If taking a long flight, the owner must attest that the service animal either would not need to relieve itself or can relieve itself in a sanitary manner.
Stay informed about travel restrictions and the spread of the virus by visiting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s travel page and the U.S. Travel Association.