The alleged attack is one of numerous reports in the past few years of emotional-support animals
causing trouble for airline passengers, incidents that have pushed airlines to crack down on which animals they allow on planes.
Bourland, Note, Advocating Change Within the ADA: The Struggle to Recognize Emotional-Support Animals
as Service Animals, 48 U.
But as the bureaucratic hoops, logistical complexities and costs piled up, Bakalar had an uncharacteristically unprincipled thought: He should have just lied and passed them off as emotional-support animals, which would have allowed them to travel in the cabin with the dog-sitter.
With the advent of emotional-support animals -- in some cases with questionable or no certification -- pet owners have attempted to board planes with everything from the typical dog and cat to rodents and more-exotic pets, including peacocks, spiders and snakes.
As Bruilliard dryly surmised, the effectiveness of emotional-support animals
"is poorly substantiated through studies but widely embraced by the public."
Delta's new rules are aimed at two categories: service animals, which receive specific training to help blind or disabled passengers; and so-called emotional-support animals
, which require no training at all.
CROWLEY: Lately, Ive seen a lot of issues that relate to having emotional-support animals
in an apartment building or in a condo that doesnt allow pets.
Quinnipiac has also approved requests for emotional-support animals
to live on campus with students who have demonstrated the need.
We have published articles, blog posts (on the WDJ website), and posts on the WDJ Facebook page about service dogs and dogs who serve as emotional-support animals
(ESAs) a number of times.
are allowed on commercial flights under U.S.
Under the new guidelines, the definition of "service animal" has been clarified to specifically include emotional-support animals
. In addition, the guidance classifies certain animals as dangerous and thereby permits their exclusion from aircraft cabins.
* Directs the Transportation Department to set rules for service and emotional-support animals
on planes including "reasonable measures to ensure pets are not claimed as service animals." Airlines have taken modest steps to crack down on support animals, which they say are surging in numbers and leading to incidents of biting and defecating on planes.
Adding to the confusion is another class of companion animals who, teamed with their disabled handlers, are accorded expanded rights of access in certain situations: emotional-support animals
, often referred to as "ESAs." Many people believe -falsely--that emotional-support animals
are allowed to go anywhere with their handlers that service-dog/handler teams can go.
That's not to say, however, that emotional-support animals
are never afforded special recognition.
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.