NPR: Grounded: Emotional Support Animals No Longer Guaranteed Free Flights
The Department of Transportation has a new policy regarding animals. Airlines no longer have to make the same accommodations for emotional support animals as they do for service animals. This means that a person may no longer be able to claim any pet as an emotional support animal, and allows airlines to decide whether they want to accommodate the animal. DOT made the policy shift to accommodate others. They stated that they received many complaints regarding emotional support animals. These included fraudulent claims and animal misbehavior. DOT also decided against allowing miniature horses and Capuchin monkeys as service animals. This change has the potential to harm many individuals with disabilities.