Beginning January 11, 2021, Alaska Airlines will ban all emotional support animals on its flights. Service dogs will still be accepted onboard.
Alaska Airlines Bans Emotional Support Animals
Live and Let’s Fly wrote about DOT’s decision earlier this month that airlines no longer need to accommodate emotional support animals, only trained service dogs.
Alaska noted “emotional support animal misbehavior which caused injuries, health hazards and damage to aircraft cabins” as the reason behind its change.
Ray Prentice, Director of Customer Advocacy for Alaska Airlines, noted:
“This regulatory change is welcome news, as it will help us reduce disturbances onboard, while continuing to accommodate our guests traveling with qualified service animals.”
Concerning dogs, Alaska will accept a maximum of two service dogs per guest in the cabin, including psychiatric service dogs. Live and Let’s Fly noted the disturbing loophole in the DOT’s new guidelines that will continue to allow for disgusting, poorly trained dogs onboard aircraft under the “psychiatric service” loophole. At least that will only be dogs and no longer lizards, rabbits, horses, pigs, and peacocks…
Passengers must certify that the animal is a “legitimate service dog” and has proper training and vaccinations. Disturbingly, this will be on the honor system.
Up until January 11, 2021 you can still secure space for your emotional support animal under existing policy. However, no emotional support animals will be accepted onboard after February 28, 2021.
This is good news…I think my position on the matter is quite clear. Even when I was traveling the week before last I noticed all sort of ridiculous “emotional support” animals onboard my United flight, including a large Cane Corso that took up a huge amount of floor space.
Somehow, the rest of the world manages just fine without emotional support animals. Now that Alaska Airlines has made the move, I hope to see other airlines follow.