A new policy has been introduced by the Delta Air Lines regarding the flying of service animals with the passengers.
Delta Air Lines has recently declared new requirements for the travelers flying with a service animal or emotional support animal.
From now, flyers will need to provide proper documentation which can give the surety of their animals. It is required that the animal is healthy as well as trained while flying. And you will need to provide all these details 48 hours before the scheduled flight’s departure.
As per the statement of Delta, two-thirds of the alleged service animals on their flights are designated as emotional support dogs. And based on figures, more than 160,000 emotional support dogs flew with their owners.
A 70-pound dog was reported to have bitten another passenger in the face, last June only. This is a clear indicator that many of these dogs have not been trained properly for such a travel.
In 2016, Delta has noted a rise of such incidents with dogs by 84%. Hence, the carrier decided to make changes in the overall policy.
Such incidents also severely damage the service dog industry as a whole. Guide dogs for blind people or support dogs for people with crippling PTSD have also face the consequences of the same.
Delta comes out as another airline which has begun to respond and restrict the travel of some such dogs. Those who depend on service animals with their lives will continue to suffer for it till the unnecessary service dogs or unnecessary emotional support dogs continue to permeate the industry.