Alaska Airlines is the first major U.S. airline to ban emotional support animals

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UNITED STATES.- As of January 11, Alaska Airlines will be the first major airline in the United States to ban emotional support animals.

The move comes after the Department of Transportation revised its Air Carrier Access Act on Dec. 2, which no longer classifies support animals as service animals.

“This regulatory change is good news as it will help us reduce onboard nuisance while continuing to accommodate our guests traveling with qualified service animals,” said Ray Prentice, Alaska Airline director of customer advocacy in a statement from press.

Under the new policy, the airline said that passengers would have to complete a DOT form showing that “the animal is a legitimate service dog, is trained and vaccinated, and will behave appropriately during the trip.”

Alaska said it will continue to accept emotional support animals under its current policy for flights booked before January 11 and flights before February 28.

The airline said it would not accept emotional support animals on its flights after February 28, the company said.

MR

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