Southwest Airlines will limit customers to only one dog or cat as an emotional-support animal
, changing its policy after a biting incident on a flight.
It, for instance, would impose a $500 penalty ona nyone who, in order to get housing, lies about having a disability or a need for an emotional-support animal
. That penalty would also apply to licensed health professionals who, in order to help somone obtain housing, knowingly state a patient has a disability or a need for an emotional-support animal
Delta Air Lines this month began requiring advance documentation that certifies the owner's need and the animal's training before allowing an emotional-support animal to ride in the cabin.
It's no wonder that people are tempted to skirt the rules and simply ask a therapist to declare their pet an emotional-support animal.
According to Rudek, it's highly unlikely that anyone would ever need to legitimately rely on a paid service in order to obtain a letter for an emotional-support animal