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    Emotional Support Animals on Airplanes

    Looks like Southwest is leading the charge to limit what animals can be brought onboard the aircraft. I recently received the following link to Southwest's new policy and thought at least some of you may like to take a look at it.



    Before I retired, there was little to no policy from my airline regarding what animals could or couldn't be brought onboard. Service animals have hardly ever been an issue, but people with all sorts of animals have claimed them as "emotional support animals" for various reasons and of course number one is they didn't want to have to find a pet sitter or pay a boarding fee. All animals come under FAA guidelines, but unless things have changed, there is no mention as to what animals are and aren't allowed onboard.

    The pilot's consensus is that they don't like having a lot of animals onboard in case an emergency presents itself and an evacuation becomes necessary. Pilots understand that there are some people that cannot leave home without their animal. The pilot's answer to that is to stay home or to drive. The argument is that if a person can't hold it together for a few hours, then driving is their answer.

    I am glad that I no longer have to worry about that issue.

    I hope this link works for you. https://www.airlinepilotcentral.com/...continues.html
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    I realize pets can and do give emotional support to people who need it. The question seems to be what kind and maybe how many.

    To quote the article Oldman posted in part:

    "Some passengers have tried to bring on emotional support peacocks, snakes, and even penguins."

    and....

    "On one United Airlines flight, an emotional support animal had its own emotional support animal." !

    One airline has insisted the animal either be in a pet carrier or leashed.

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    More of the "all about me" mentality that is so prevalent nowadays. I avoid flying at all costs but it would annoy me to no end to be sitting next to some jerk and their emu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C'est Moi View Post
    More of the "all about me" mentality that is so prevalent nowadays. I avoid flying at all costs but it would annoy me to no end to be sitting next to some jerk and their emu.
    Absolutely agree
    I didn't say your perfume was too strong, I only said the canary was alive before you got here.

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    There are a few FAQ's that I can readily answer. The FAA does have guidelines for all animals brought onboard, so their protocol must be followed. Be sure to check the FAA and TSA websites for additional information. If I was going to fly with an emotional support animal, I wouldn't just show up at the airport with my 110 pound Doberman on a leash. I can't speak for all of the airlines, but I do know that United has a policy and that the passenger must fill out a fairly lengthy form and then wait until they receive the approval before they get to the airport. The animal must be able to fit under the seat in front of the passenger and may not block the aisle. Airlines make the passenger jump through hoops before Fluffy is allowed onboard.
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    That makes sense.

    Some people don't realize that if their animal poses a risk, the risk also affects their animal. That is exactly what my dog's emotional support animal (the goldfish) told me.

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    RR if I get on a plane and the person sitting next to me claims to have "emotional goldfish" it had better be a big bag of these and they better be ready to share.

    Goldfish.jpg

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    Of course, I'm no joy to sit next to on a plane either. That's why I don't fly at all anymore. I either get a massive nosebleed or I get sick (and those anti nausea meds or ginger don't work). I'm sure someone would rather have a comfort chicken next to them instead of me.
    I didn't say your perfume was too strong, I only said the canary was alive before you got here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dkay View Post
    Of course, I'm no joy to sit next to on a plane either. That's why I don't fly at all anymore. I either get a massive nosebleed or I get sick (and those anti nausea meds or ginger don't work). I'm sure someone would rather have a comfort chicken next to them instead of me.
    I know that you would not be interested in this, but someone else may be. There is a patch that I have been told is really great for air sickness. This was told to me by a passenger that actually had to use the little white bag. I wrote the name down of the medicine and have actually memorized it because I have recommended it several times. The name of the medicine is Scopolamine. A prescription is also necessary. I actually looked this name up just to be sure that I spelled it correctly. In doing so, I read about the dosage and so on and it also stated that it is also used in operating rooms and given to patients so that they do not get sick with the anesthesia. Just a suggestion to those that get air sickness or actually any type of terrible motion sickness. Otherwise, Dramamine is as good as anything that anyone may be able to purchase over the counter.
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    Thanks, I'm going to have to check that out. My sister lives on the West coast and if I fly then I'm usually so sick it takes a couple days to recover (dramamine hasn't worked for me). Driving is almost as bad, mountain roads in high elevations do the same thing only it's worse since I'm trying to drive. I'm such a whiny flat lander. Needless to say, anesthesia also makes me sick. I've written the name down, will talk to the doc at my next visit, maybe I'll be able to travel a bit more. I'd really like that. Ayr saline gel has helped reduce the nosebleeds when I drive to Denver, haven't tried it at a higher altitude than that though.
    I didn't say your perfume was too strong, I only said the canary was alive before you got here.

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    Support animals (not seeing eye, hearing impaired) are a joke. What kind of weaklings have we become? I could go on and on about this subject but I'll spare you.
    We are either growing or dying.

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    First world problem?
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    What happens to someone who is super allergic to the animal on the plane? Folks aren’t notified of the offending animal.

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