Travelers worldwide have been complaining about the increase in the number of incidents with emotional support animals. This is especially true for those who fly with Delta. This airline is about to implement its own guidelines to deal with emotional support animals.
Emotional support animals are supposed to comfort their owners. However, many of them are wrecking havoc in the sky.
What is going on with Emotional support animals?
Delta is among the airlines that are struggling with an 84% increase in reported animal incidents since 2016. Among these incidents are urination, noise, and even attacks.
“The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” said John Laughter, Delta’s senior vice president of corporate safety, security and compliance”.
What will change for Emotional support animals?
As proof that the ruckus is getting out of hand, Delta’s guidelines will come into force on March 1, 2018.
However, this does not mean that customers won’t be able to travel with their emotional support animals anymore. On the other hand, they will have to show proof of health or vaccinations two days prior to their Delta flights.
Even though customers can still travel with their emotional support animals for free, doing so will get pricey. They will need a certificate which requires a consultation with your veterinarian and the cost of vaccines. Guess what, these vaccines can cost up to $200 if the animal’s shots are not up to date.
The main reason why individuals travelling with emotional support animals will have a hard time is a mandatory document. This signed document must confirm that their animal can behave.
It is worth noting that the U.S. Department of Transportation states that animals engaging in disruptive behaviour won’t be accepted onto flights.
It does not matter whether your emotional support animal is a sugar glider or a turkey if you cannot get it to behave, you won’t be able to take it with you on a plane starting on March 1.