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Air Travel with a Service Dog

Air Travel with a service dog
Flying with your Service Dog

Service and emotional support animals are both allowed on airplanes,
however, individuals who travel with emotional support animals may
have to provide much more documentation to establish that they have
a disability and the reason the animal must travel with them. For a
service animal, air carriers should accept identifiers such as
identification cards, written documentation, presence of harnesses, or
tags. Credible verbal assurances of a qualified individual with a
disability using the animal as evidence that an animal is a service
animal should also be an accepted identifier. If airline personnel are
uncertain that an animal is a service animal, they may ask one of the

What tasks or functions does your animal perform for you? or
What has your animal been trained to do for you? or
ADA National Network 1-800-949-4232
Would you describe how the animal performs this task for you?

For emotional support and psychiatric service animals, airlines may
require “Current documentation (not more than one year old) on
letterhead from a licensed mental health professional stating (1)
that the passenger has a mental health-related disability listed in
the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM IV);
(2) that having the animal accompany the passenger is necessary
to the passenger’s mental health or treatment; (3) that the
individual providing the assessment of the passenger is a licensed
mental health professional and the passenger is under his or her
professional care; and (4) the date and type of the mental health
professional’s license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it
was issued.”
This documentation may be required as a condition of
permitting the animal to accompany the passenger in the cabin.
Animals such as miniature horses, pigs, and monkeys may be
considered service animals. A carrier must determine whether there
are any factors which preclude the animal from traveling in the
cabin. Factors to consider are the animal’s size, weight, state and
foreign country restrictions,

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