The Air Carrier Access Act protects people with emotional support animals from discrimination and additional pet fees. An ESA can be a dog, cat, or almost any other animal.
Like all organizations, there are rules and regulations implemented for the betterment of the Act.
- A carrier may not refuse transportation to a passenger solely on the basis of a disability.
- The carrier may not limit the number of individuals with disabilities on a particular flight.
- All trip information that is made available to other passengers must also be made available to passengers with disabilities.
- Carriers must provide passage to an individual who has a disability that may affect his or her appearance or involuntary behavior, even if this disability may offend, annoy, or be an inconvenience to crew-members or other passengers.
The main job of the ACAA is to ensure that people with disabilities traveling by air are treated with the utmost respect and care to ensure a safe and satisfactory flight.
Documentation Required for Emotional Support Animals
Click here to qualify for your ESA travel letter from a licensed health professional.
In order to qualify your pet as an emotional support animal, you must have the correct documents stating your need for an emotional support animal. An ESA letter written within one year by a licensed health professional will allow you to fly with your animal in cabin of any airline traveling within the United States and abroad. You will have to provide additional documents for some airlines. You can find the requirements for each airline here: https://esadoctors.com/airline-emotional-support-animal-pet-policies/.
ESA Letter Requirements for Air Travel
- Written within one year of the days you are traveling
- Written on the official letterhead of a licensed health professional
- The letter must include the date it was written, your health professional’s license number, and type of license
- Some airlines may require extra documents in addition to your ESA letter – check here to see if your airline is one of them
The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)
The ADA was put into effect in 1990. It is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life. These include;
- State and local government services
- All other public and private places that are open to the general public (i.e., housing).
The purpose of the ADA is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else (similar to those laws provided on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion).
Unlike the ACAA (which only covers air travel), the Americans with Disabilities Act covers all areas of life.
What is considered a disability?
According to the ADA, a person is considered disabled when he/she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, or is a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment.
If you have a disability, then the Air Carrier Access Act will ensure you are treated with respect when traveling with an emotional support animal by airplane. The Americans with Disabilities Act, on the other hand, has been put in place to protect the rights of the disabled individual in all areas of employment, housing, and life.
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