Over the past several months we’ve seen many major US airlines crack down on emotional support animals. The first airline to do this was Delta, as they announced changes in January that kicked in for travel as of March.
Since then, other airlines have followed suit, as United, Alaska, and American, all added restrictions on emotional support animals as well. Airlines have seen a huge spike in the number of passengers traveling with emotional support animals, so they’ve been trying to lower those numbers.
Now that many of the major US airlines have announced some changes, it looks like it’s time for a second round of changes. Delta has announced that they’re adding further restrictions to their emotional support animal policy, effective July 10, 2018. With these added restrictions:
- Each passenger is limited to one emotional support animal
- Pit bull type dogs are no longer permitted onboard as emotional support animals
At this point Delta doesn’t allow bull type dogs, hedgehogs, ferrets, insects, rodents, snakes, spiders, sugar gliders, reptiles, amphibians, goats (well, damnit!), non-household birds, animals improperly cleaned and/or with a foul odor, or animals with tusks, horns, or hooves.
Delta says that these updates come as the direct result of growing safety concerns, where several employees were bitten. They also mention that they carry about 700 service or support animals daily, or about 250,000 per year. They carry 180 million passengers annually, meaning that on average about one in about every 720 passengers has one.
You can find Delta’s full service and support animal policy here.