Can a large ESA dog on plane? Expert Advice

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Airlines Accepting Emotional Support Animals

Some disability-progressive and ESA-friendly international airlines still accept ESAs on flights, even though they are not legally obligated to do so. The airlines listed below still accept emotional support animals, but it is important to note that airlines are rapidly changing their ESA policies. It seems likely that all airlines will eventually discontinue their ESA programs, whereas psychiatric service dogs will continue to be recognized.

If you have travel plans with your ESA, you should always call ahead to confirm your airline’s current policy before booking. Also, ensure that you won’t have any issues on your return flight. If you have an extended stay, it’s entirely possible the airline could change its policies during that time. Again, airlines are generally ending their ESA programs, so you should confirm ESA travel plans directly with the airline and not rely on the list below.

  • China Airlines (Emotional support dog only)
  • KLM (Emotional support dog only, from 4 months and older)
  • Singapore Air (Emotional support dog only, from 4 months and older)
  • Emotional support dogs — thats the only animal —are allowed on the Icelandic airline, but the animal wont be allowed in Iceland since a four-week quarantine period is required. You can travel through Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavík for up to three hours, but then on you must go with your emotional support dog.

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    UPDATE: Dec. 30, 2020, 10:59 a.m. PST After the U.S. Department of Transportation ruled earlier this month that emotional support animals are no longer considered service animals, some airlines are changing policies. Alaska Airlines was the first carrier to ban emotional support animals, starting in 2021.

    That harrowing tale of a companion animal gone very, very wrong highlights the confusion and complications of flying with animals for medical reasons. Before you tote your furry friend to the airport, make sure to brush up on which animals airlines allow on planes.

    A doctors letter is required in advance to bring your support animal with you. Also, a large dog like the one above literally wont fly. American requires animals to “fit on your lap, at your feet, or under the seat, and cannot block the aisle.” For travelers headed to Auckland, New Zealand; Hong Kong; or St. Vincent and the Grenadines emotional support animals arent allowed.

    Traveling internationally with my LARGE Emotional Support Animal! – all you need to know!

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    Earlier it was free to travel with your Emotional Support Animals on planes in the United States of America. You just needed an ESA letter from a certified mental health practitioner who used to allow your ESA to fly with you anywhere.

    However, rules changed in the year 2021. Now, the Department of Transportation no longer offers protection to emotional support animals. Now it’s all up to the airways to allow ESA on their planes or not.

    It is possible that you can find yourself in a position standing at the Airport with your cute little ESA, and the airline won’t allow you to carry your ESA with you on the plane. To save yourself from this type of heartbreak and embarrassment, you should know whether the airline you are booking will allow your ESA to fly with you. Let’s say you are planning to take your pup for a short flight, and you consider JetBlue fit for the instance. Before traveling, the first thing you should know is “if Jetblue emotional support animals are permitted to be on board or not.”

    In this blog, we will provide you with information regarding which airlines allow ESA on their planes. Other than this, we will try to answer your additional queries related to ESA flights.

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