American Restricts Emotional Support Animals On Flights

American joins other airlines, Delta and United to restrictions on support animals list.

May 15, 2018



I'm okay with support animals but as long as the patient has the proper papers from their physician. However, we know that too many have taken the "support animal" definition to extreme. But hey, to each their own right?

Well, now American Airlines has joined Delta and United in changing their rules about emotional support dogs. Starting July 1st, passengers will have to notify the airlines 48 hours before a flight that they’re bringing a comfort animal, and also sign a waiver starting why they need the animal.

The traveler must also have a letter from a mental-health professional describing their disability, with proof that doctor’s licensing. In addition, the animals must fit at a passenger’s feet, and can’t block the aisle and must be tethered by a leash or harness at all times. Any bad behavior, like growling or biting, won’t be allowed, and at least a dozen animals, like amphibians, ferrets, rodents and non-household birds, won’t be considered as emotional support animals.

All I want is to bring on my 80 pound German Shepherd, well disciplined, very loving. I would even pay for her seat on the flight. I'm waiting for that airline that finally takes this on. ~grace