The bold move has been made by all airlines here in the U.S to ban emotional support animals from flights. Although it seems like a harsh move, there's actually a valid reason why.
Read on to find out more...
Animals mean so much to us humans...To put it simply, we just don't know what we'd do without them!
So much so...That many animals are actually used as emotional support and therapy animals.
So, what exactly does an emotional support animal do?An animal with this kind of responsibility is simply there to provide comfort and calm people who suffer from certain disabilities or mental health problems.
And amazingly so...Therapy animals can come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from cats, dogs, pigs, donkeys... And even alligators on super rare occasions!
These amazing animals make such a huge difference...And so many vulnerable people credit their therapy animals for helping them through their day-to-day lives.
Totally heartwarming, right?Well, it seems that not everyone is as sympathetic toward those who need these animals the most.
It has just been announced that airlines can now ban emotional support animals in the U.S...And people aren't at all happy about it.
However, many people are pleased with this new rule as they feel way too many "abuse" the rule of bringing therapy animals on board an aircraft.
So, how has this new rule come about?Last year, the Department of Transportation?issued guidance stating that dogs, cats, and miniature horses could be accepted as service animals for transport.
Of course, people have been abusing this rule for years now...So on Wednesday, the agency reversed course, announcing that only dogs are to be considered legitimate service animals on commercial flights after passengers scammed the system to transport "unusual" pets in the cabin.
The new rule will take effect in thirty days...
via: GettyAnd only a dog who is "individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability" can be considered a service animal, the rule states. All others will have to be checked into the cargo hold — likely for a fee.