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Airline Policies for Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

Airline Policies for Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

As of May 2, 2021

In general, service dogs and emotional support animals that accompany you on the aircraft in the cabin are expected to be well-behaved, quiet, and may not encroach on the space of another passenger. Very large service dogs may have to fly in a kennel and checked, so if you are in that situation we encourage you to check with your airline before you book a ticket.


As of January, 2021, The U.S. Department of Transportation has enacted a new rule which no longer requires airlines to make accommodations for passengers with emotional support animals. Airlines are now able to charge regular pet fees for emotional support animals. Some airlines may still choose to allow emotional support animals free of charge. As individual airline policies are rapidly changing, we encourage you to always check with your airline in advance of your flight to make sure there are no surprises at the gate. Please read the rule change here.


As part of the rule change, service dogs (all breeds) are still recognized and allowed on all airlines, but other animals, such as miniature horses, cats, rabbits, etc, are not. Psychiatric service dogs are also still recognized as service dogs and passengers are not required to have an accompanying ESA letter. Service dog handlers will be required to fill out a uniform DOT form when bringing their service dogs onto airlines.


American Airlines

Fully-trained service animals and emotional support / psychiatric service animals may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements. Please visit the link below to view the full list of requirements and forms:
View AA Policy Here

Delta

Delta welcomes service and support animals in the aircraft cabin. Please visit the link below for the most up-to-date policy and required forms:
View Delta Policy Here

Jet Blue

JetBlue policies are rapidly changing. Please visit the link below for the most up-to-date forms and policies.
View Jet Blue Policy Here

Southwest Airlines

Please see the link below for Southwest's current service dog and emotional support animal policies:
View Southwest Service Dog Policy Here

United Airlines

Please see the link below for United Airline's most up-to-date policy on service dogs and emotional support animals:
View United Policy Here

US Airways

US Airways has merged with American Airlines. Please see American Airlines policy on service dogs and emotional support animals.

Alaska Airlines

Please see Alaska Airline's most up-to-date policy and forms for service dogs and emotional support animals below:
View Alaska Airlines Policy Here

International Travel

International destinations, even on US based carriers, may have different policies and may not always conform to the guidelines set forth by the ADA. Some countries require proof of vaccination, specialized vet forms and documentation, or may forbid service dogs from entering at all due to quarantine or other policies. We strongly encourage you to call your airline in advance to check their policy before attempting to board your international flight with a service dog or emotional support animal.

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