May 15, 2018

Frogs and goats banned on American Airlines

Starting 1 July, passengers on American Airlines flights will be prohibited from flying with frogs, hedgehogs, and goats even if they are therapy animals. The airline published a new policy on Tuesday in response to a rise in people flying with so-called emotional support animals on board with them. The new ruling expands the airline's banned creatures list to include amphibians, spiders, goats, snakes, "Non-household birds", or any smelly or unclean animal. "We support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs for a trained service or support animal," American Airlines said in a statement announcing the change. United had said that requests for emotional support animals travelling in the plane cabin had gone up 75% to 76,000 in the past year.

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