How will this affect your future with your pets?
Dog Gone Taxi – the pet relocation and animal move services – keeps us informed with the latest news on ESA polices and Delta’s new restriction.
When a military member or one of their immediate family members claims a pet as ESA it makes them ineligible to travel internationally or to a base that doesn’t have a base physiatrist.
The notation of having an ESA goes into your permanent service record. You are telling the service that you or one or your immediate family members cannot function without this pet.
Delta Airlines Further Restricts Rules Around In-Flight Emotional Support Animals
Since the domestic airlines have banned all snub nose breeds and pit bulls, there has been a 84% increase in people claiming pets as Emotional Support Animals [ESA]. While you might think this is a great free way to get your pet to your new station, you need to realize the long term impact this has on your future.
Even more restrictions are coming down the line for those planning on bringing Emotional Support Animals or ESAs onto their next flight. This week, Atlanta-based Delta Airlines widened its policy to include two more situations in which Emotional Support Animals are banned. Starting on December 18th, the airline will no longer accept ESAs that are under four months old nor will it accept any of the animals on flights longer than eight hours.
Delta’s update to the policy comes on the heels of a widespread crackdown on permissions around ESA use across the entire airline industry this year. Early this spring, American, Delta and United all put new policies into place after passengers were spotted abusing the rules with a wide spectrum of ESAs including turkeys and peacocks. Later, the airline policies went so far as to ban specific animals such as hedgehogs and goats – apparently out of necessity.
Since this spring, the ESA policies still appear to be fluid. In June, Delta updated its policy to ban pit bulls after it highlighted an incident in which a passenger was attacked by a 50 lb dog. At the time of that policy update, the airline pointed out that ESA use had jumped 84% from 2016 to 2017.