Support Animals Grounded
The days of domestic air travelers bringing dogs, cats, rabbits, miniature horses, pot-bellied pigs, snakes, and the occasional peacock on board as emotional-support and therapy animals are done, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Service animals such as guide dogs are still permitted under the new regulation, which was announced in December and goes into effect Jan. 11. But critters designated emotional-support animals are no longer classified as service animals, meaning airlines no longer have to permit them on board at no charge. One by one, major U.S. carriers have been announcing their own modified rules, subjecting emotional-support animals to the same pet policies — and fees — that apply to other animals. Here's a look at which airlines have changed their policies and which ones still allow emotional-support animals to fly for free, with the proper paperwork — for now.
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