Airlines for America has announced its approval of the Department of Transportation´s enforcement of guidance on emotional support animals (ESAs), the company said.
A4A said the availability of fraudulent ESA credentials online has enabled people who are not truly in need of animal assistance to abuse the rules and evade airline policies regarding animals in the cabin. With over a million passengers bringing ESAs on flights last year, airlines and airports saw a sharp increase in incidents such as biting and mauling by untrained animals. The DOT´s guidance is an important step toward addressing this growing problem and ensuring a safer and healthier travel experience for all.
A4A is an industry trade organization that works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.