Thousands of Americans who are blind or visually impaired rely upon guide dogs (aka Seeing Eye dogs or service dogs), and have long faced significant challenges from untrained emotional support animals when traveling by air. New regulations that reduce ambiguity should improve things for them.
The U.S. DOT, after receiving over 15,000 comments, changed the rules governing service animals on planes. Those new rules:
• Define a service animal as being a dog (not another species) who has been individually trained to work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability.
• No longer consider an emotional support animal to be a service animal.
• Require that psychiatric service animals be treated the same as other service animals.
• Allow carriers to require forms to attest to service animal’s health, training and behavior.
• Allow carriers to require that those forms…