American Airlines Will Stop Accepting Emotional Support Animals As Of February 1.

January 5, 2021

The Washington Post (1/5, Aratani) reports US airlines “are warning passengers they may soon have to leave their emotional support rabbits, hamsters, cats and turkeys at home.” Changes to “federal rules set to go into effect next week significantly narrow the definition of service animals.” Consequently, “emotional support animals are no longer considered service animals, and airlines – which previously had to make accommodations for them – will no longer be required to do so.” On Tuesday, American Airlines “said it will stop accepting emotional support animals Feb. 1.”

        CBS News (1/5, Gibson) reports that American Airlines “is adopting a Department of Transportation rule that takes effect next week. It defines a service animal as a dog trained to do work or perform tasks for an individual with a disability, a narrower definition than in the past.” The company “said existing bookings involving emotional support animals will be honored through February 1, when” its new policies take effect.

Last modified on 01/06/2021

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