American Airlines Tightens Leash on Emotional Support Animals

Travelers flying with American Airlines will need to leave their emotional support tarantulas at home under a revised policy announced Monday that’s meant to rein in the surging number of support animals being brought onboard planes.The changes won’t affect the Fort Worth-based carrier’s existing policy around trained service animals that assist people with disabilities.Instead, they’ll target a broader group of animals that provide emotional or psychiatric support for travelers. While there are a number of legitimate purposes for these animals, U.S. airlines said they’ve seen a rise in people classifying their pets as emotional support animals.   Continue reading...

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