Alaska Air updates animal support policy

Alaska Airlines has announced an update to its support animal policy to limit the number and type of emotional support animals and type of service animals a customer can travel with on all aircraft, the company said.

The updated policy aligns with recent airline industry changes and provides clear guidance and a consistent and safe travel experience for guests and employees. This change is being made to protect the health and safety of passengers and crew while maintaining a safe and orderly operation.

Summary of the new policy, which goes into effect for all travel occurring on or after Oct. 1, 2018, regardless of when booked:

Guests traveling with an emotional support animal may bring only one emotional support animal on the flight. Emotional support animals will be limited to either a dog or cat. No other species of animal will be permitted.

Alaska Airlines and its regional partners fly 44 million guests a year to more than 115 destinations with an average of 1,200 daily flights across the United States and to Mexico, Canada and Costa Rica.