The Transportation Department announced a new ruling that dogs are the only service animals allowed to fly on passenger planes.
Up until this point, passengers were able to provide a note from a healthcare professional stating they needed their pet(s) for emotional support.
Several airlines stated that some passengers were abusing the option and bringing various animals on board including peacocks, cats, turtles, pot-bellied pigs, etc.
Under the new rule, passengers that want to travel with emotional support animals will be required to pay a pet fee and check them in cargo.
The passengers that have a verified service dog will be required to submit the documentation 48 hours prior to the flight.
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