KFI: American Airlines has tightened the leash on its emotional support animal policy for its flights across the U.S. The airline joins several other major carriers who have begun racheting down on what kind of pets can qualify as comfort animals.
According to the new guidelines issued by American, the airline will no longer recognize the following animals as comfort pets: goats, ferrets, insects, snakes, hedgehogs, amphibians, reptiles, rodents, snakes, spiders and sugar gliders. Non-household birds, like “farm poultry, waterfowl, game birds, and birds of prey,” as well as “animals with tusks, horns or hooves,” will also be banned from flights.
In a blog post announcing the shift in policy, the airline cited a 40 percent increase in passengers bringing their animals on-board with them during their flights between 2016 and 2017 as the reason for the change. read more here