Flying with your dog can be stressful — you don’t want to risk sending them in a crate with baggage. If the airline can lose your luggage, they can lose your dog. Before January 2021, you were allowed to fly with your dog in the cabin of the plane if you qualified for an Emotiona [...]
In 2021 the U.S. Department of Transportation announced new rules that protected the rights of service dog owners (including psychiatric service dog (PSD) owners) on flights. Airlines must allow psychiatric service dogs to board the cabin of flights without any additional ch [...]
Download the DOT Form - Service Animal Air Transportation Form (pdf) here. If you want to board a flight with your psychiatric service dog or service dog, this article will explain the one document you need for all airlines. In 2021, the U.S. Department of Transportation complete [...]
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 acco [...]
On December 2nd, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced it had finalized rules that will allow airlines to treat emotional support animals as ordinary pets. Passengers who own service dogs will still be able to board flights free of charge, as long as they co [...]
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 loc [...]
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 i [...]
A Guide for Traveling with a Psychiatric Service Dog, Emotional Support Dog, or Pet If you’re new to flying with Psychiatric Service Dog or pet, it’s normal to feel anxious about how things will go. The trick to having a smooth experience at the airport and during your flight is [...]
The rules governing ESAs under the ACAA were sometimes subject to debate and interpreted differently by those in the airline industry and travelers. The DOT's guidance gives greater clarity to ESA owners on what their rights are when it comes to flying with an ESA.
In this post, we will cover the requirements airlines will be looking for in the ESA letter, why it’s important not to fake an ESA letter, and what a legitimate emotional support letter needs to include.