American Airlines banning ferrets, goats and hedgehogs from flights

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

The airline said it plans to enforce its 48-hour pre-clearance and notification period and that it reserves the right to contact the mental health professional who certified the need for an emotional support animal.

As of July 1, no amphibians, ferrets, goats, hedgehogs, insects, reptiles, rodents, snakes, spiders and sugar gliders will be permitted on the airline's flights, even if they are emotional support animals.

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Miniature horses are specifically allowed if they are properly trained as a service animal.

In this April 1, 2017 file photo, a service dog strolls through the isle inside a United Airlines plane at Newark Liberty International Airport while taking part in a training exercise, in Newark, N.J. American Airlines on Monday announced new rules for passengers flying with support animals. The form mandates that emotional support animals be kept on a leash or harness throughout the flight, and says that the animal can be denied travel if it exhibits "any severely aggressive behavior". Its busiest hubs are, in order, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Miami, Chicago O'Hare and Philadelphia. "Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft".

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In developing the changes, the airline said it met with such organizations as the American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot. But the animals, like service animals for the blind and others who are physically disabled, fly in the cabin for free, instead of being stowed and costing a fee of about $125 on most airlines, which may explain their massive popularity. Emotional support and service animals also can't protrude into or block aisles; occupy a seat; or eat from tray tables. That could put Burr at odds with mental health advocates who see emotional support animals as a crucial part of treatment for some people with mental disabilities. None of the restrictions affect American's service animal policy, which specifically applies to animals that are trained to assist people with disabilities.

We want to know what you think of seeing more of these animals where they have not previously been welcome, from airlines to the grocery store.

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