American Airlines bans hedgehogs, goats and other comfort animals from flights

As more support animals try to fly, American Airlines says leave the goats at home | Miami Herald

As more support animals try to fly, American Airlines says leave the goats at home | Miami Herald

American said it, like other carriers, has seen a significant rise in customers with a service or support animal on board - a more than 40 percent increase from 2016 to 2017.

The changes will take effect on American Airlines flights starting July 1, just several months after a comfort dog died on a United Airlines flight after being stored in an overhead bin.

Any emotional support animal that growls, bites, jumps or lunges at people will be considered a pet, and pet fees and requirements will apply, the airline said.

Passengers also must contact the American Airlines special assistance desk at least 48 hours before their flight to fly with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal in the cabin.

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American Airlines has announced new restrictions on emotional support animals that can be brought aboard flights, banning hedgehogs, reptiles, insects, and other animals.

About American Airlines Group American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of almost 6,700 flights per day to almost 350 destinations in more than 50 countries.

WestJet also requires documentation similar to what American Airlines requires, and the paperwork needs to be dated no more than a year before planned travel.

The airline worked with several disabilities groups, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot, to develop the new rules.

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Miniature horses properly trained as service animals are still in the clear though.

"We're tightening things down a little bit, because as you know, we've had some incidents in the past on our aircraft and we want to make sure that the safety of everyone, including support animals, is protected", Boda said.

American Airlines joins its competitors in clamping down on passengers travelling with emotional support animals.

The country's largest airline, which has a major hub in Miami, released its new policy Monday detailing stricter rules for flying with a furry emotional support companion.

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Travelers must also fill out a form conforming to behavior guidelines for their support animal, including agreeing that if the animal can not be well-behaved on the flight, it will be treated as a pet and all pet fees will apply.

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