emotional support animal


Also found in: Acronyms.

emotional support animal

A pet officially certified by a doctor or mental health professional to travel with one in order to provide some manner of comfort or emotional support (typically relating to a mental health condition). Can I bring my emotional support animal with me on the plane?
References in periodicals archive ?
The US Department of Transportation (DOT) issued new guidelines that distinguished between what is allowable for passengers traveling with trained service animals compared to those who are traveling with emotional support animals.
It generally includes emotional support animals, comfort animals and therapy animals.
Recently, JetBlue redrafted its policy on emotional support animals. (73) The policy states: "[f]or travel beginning July 1, 2018, regardless of purchase date of ticket, customers will be required to provide 48 hours' notice of their intention to travel with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal." (74) Further, the JetBlue policy defines both service animal and emotional support animal.
Documentation being what it is, some wily passengers figured out they could save money by rebranding the family pet as an emotional support animal that would travel for free on their laps.
There are three categories of assistance animals: service animals, emotional support animals, and therapy or facility animals.
Air carriers are also allowed to ask for documentation that a passenger needs a service dog; in the case of a psychiatric service dog or an emotional support animal, they are even allowed to require 48-hour advance notice.
According to the notice, Brittney's emotional support animal, Panga, was in violation of the community's height and weight guidelines under the pet policy.
There is also a category called "assistance animal" (not required to be trained) under the federal Fair Housing Act and a "service animal" (cannot be a mere pet, but can be an emotional support animal) under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA).
THE board of a Coney Island co-op has been accused of refusing to allow a veteran to keep an emotional support animal.
Our current tax policy has about as many fans as that airplane passenger who took a pet pig to her seat as an "emotional support animal.''
Laura Masvidal, a spokeswoman for US Airways parent American Airlines, said yesterday the pig was brought aboard by a passenger as an emotional support animal. She said both the pig and its owner left the aircraft before it took off.
The definition of support animal herein is consistent with Federal housing regulations in which the more specific label emotional support animal often appears.
The definition of an assistance animal under the FHA is broader than that of a service animal under the ADA and includes what commonly would be referred to as an emotional support animal. An individual wishing to live with an assistance animal must show that he or she meets the definition of having a handicap and that it is necessary to have the animal in order for the individual to use and enjoy the dwelling.
Can you fly with your 350-pound pig as your emotional support animal? Can you book an accessible room in Katmandu?
American Airlines has announced it has made additional changes in emotional support animal policy effective for travel on or after April 1, the company said.