These airways are banning ESA’s
Some airlines believed that passengers were abusing the policy to avoid pet fees.
COLORADO, USA – After receiving thousands of concerned comments, the US Department of Transportation (DOT) is no longer recognizing pets with emotional support as service animals.
The policy change was announced in December, paving the way for many airlines to ban pets with emotional support altogether. Some airlines believed that passengers were abusing the rule to avoid pet fees.
For the emotional owner, dog owner Scotty Walker, the news came as a surprise.
“It was pretty shocking to me and quite frankly very frustrating because I wasn’t sure how to get home for a while,” he said.
Walker was traveling east with a friend on vacation and his emotional companion, Banquet, came along.
“I’ve always been afraid to some extent. I think this year COVID has multiplied exponentially, “he said.”[Banquet] made me so much more comfortable in social situations, so much more comfortable being alone, and he was just a lifesaver to me. I can’t imagine going anywhere without him these days. ”
He started booking a plane ticket for himself and Banquet to get home when he ran into a large roadblock.
“Many airlines no longer accept animals for emotional support,” he said.
Several major airlines have already announced bans on animals with emotional support, including Frontier, United, Alaska, Delta, American, and Spirit airlines.
Walker was willing to pay the cabin pet fee to get his dog on the plane, but unfortunately Banquet, a 6-month-old American bulldog, has exceeded the aircraft pet size.
Walker found a solution with Southwest Airlines, a company that has not yet announced a ban. However, in an airline statement, that change could come soon.
“Southwest has reviewed the DOT’s final decision regarding air travel with service animals and will announce changes to our current policy in the near future,” a Southwest Airlines spokesman said afterwards
Walker hopes these companies will reconsider this ban so that people like him can fly with their companions.
“I can’t really believe it without going somewhere with him, so it was necessary for me to have him on board,” said Walker. “He saved my life more than I did.”
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