Wash. woman disagrees with airlines' emotional support animal policy

Emotional support animals people have tried to bring on planes

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Passengers also will need to provide a health and vaccination form signed by a veterinarian, along with the veterinarian's assurance there is no reason to think the animal will threaten the health and safety of others on board or cause a significant disruption.

Airlines have allowed some passengers with emotional or psychiatric problems to take therapy animals on board with them.

Over the weekend, a United Airlines passenger named Dexter was getting ready to board a flight from Newark to Los Angeles.

The timing was a coincidence, Hobart said. United Airlines gave a statement saying this unusual support animal violated their policy by not meeting the guidelines for size and weight and say they explained this to the customer three separate times before they arrived at the airport.

The artist, whose real name is not known, told Bedford and Bowery that the feathery giant "really changed my life in a positive way".

The lady had even offered to buy the bird its own plane ticket, according to travel blog Live and Let Fly. United's new rules are virtually the same as Delta's. Delta also will require veterinary health records for trained service animals.

There are some animals that airlines do not have to accept as emotional support animals, including reptiles, snakes, and spiders.

Service animals are allowed to accompany their handlers anywhere, including places that have "No Pets" policies since a service animal isnt considered to be a pet under the law.

The US Department of Transportation says that airlines don't have to let support animals into the cabin if they're too large, heavy, disruptive, or threatening to the crew and passengers.

Emotional support animals are not considered service animals under the ADA, so they have different laws to govern them. Starting March 1, the airline will require 48-hour notice, an "enhanced" letter from a mental health professional, confirmation that the animal has been trained to behave properly in public, and an acknowledgment of responsibility for the animal's behavior.

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