Which Airlines Are Still Allowing Emotional Support Animals?

The year 2021 started with major news for ESA owners: as of January 11th, 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) no longer requires airlines to accommodate emotional support animals. In the years prior to this rule change, all airlines were required by law to accommodate owners of ESAs with proper documentation from a licensed mental health professional.  [...]

By |2021-03-29T14:46:09+00:00|Airlines|95 Comments

Tips for Flying with Your Emotional Support Animal (ESA) During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The onset of the Coronavirus outbreak resulted in a severe decline in air travel with borders closing down and fearful travelers staying home. By late March, there were 40-60% fewer flights scheduled with international flights being particularly affected. However, with strict lockdown orders ending in many areas and the summer season here, airlines have seen [...]

By |2021-01-06T06:41:31+00:00|Airlines|9 Comments

How Do I Make My Dog an Emotional Support Dog?

Emotional support dogs have become a popular option for people coping with mental and emotional health issues. Many dog owners are aware of the therapeutic benefits and support their canine friends provide. An emotional support dog is a legally recognized assistance animal that is allowed to accompany its owner in residences free of charge (even [...]

How To Fly with a Dog: A Guide for Travelling with a Psychiatric Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog or Pet

For flight passengers that travel with dogs, there were significant new regulatory developments in 2021. Most notably, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) overhauled its rules for traveling with assistance animals, and airlines acted quickly to adapt.  That has led to confusion for travelers with dogs that are emotional support animals (ESAs), psychiatric service dogs [...]

The Air Carrier Access Act for Emotional Support Animals and Psychiatric Service Dogs

If you have a mental or emotional health condition that severely limits your life activities, there are federal laws that can protect your right to be accompanied by an assistance animal. For owners of emotional support animals (ESAs) and psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), their animal companions are key to their ability to lead happy, healthy [...]