They come after a boom in the number of passengers who are transporting service or support animals aboard planes.
American Airlines has announced new restrictions on emotional support animals that can be brought aboard flights, banning hedgehogs, reptiles, insects, and other animals. Trained service animals will still be allowed, but emotional support animals like ferrets, goats, snakes, sugar gliders, waterfowl, spiders, and "animals with tusks" will be considered a safety or public health risk.
About American Airlines Group American Airlines and American Eagle offer an average of almost 6,700 flights per day to almost 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. Its busiest hubs are, in order, Dallas/Fort Worth, Charlotte, Miami, Chicago O'Hare and Philadelphia.
"At American, we want to have policies and procedures in place that protect our team members and our customers who have a real need for a trained service or support animal", American said in a statement. There has also been a 40 percent increase in the number of passengers flying with their support animals.
The airline worked with several disabilities groups, including the American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot, to develop the new rules.
United's policy on comfort animals changed in March after an incident involving an emotional support peacock, which a passenger attempted to take on a cross-country flight in January.
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Miniature horses properly trained as service animals are still in the clear though.
Emotional support animals provide emotional, psychiatric or cognitive support for individuals with disabilities, and are allowed to fly for free with their owners if they meet certain criteria, according the American Airlines. He also discusses how we support our customers who have disabilities and what we've done to ensure we make decisions that maximize both inclusiveness and safety.
Those people would be subject to airline fees and airline-specific pet policies in the same way a person traveling with a pet would be.
Last June, a man said he required 28 stitches to his face after being mauled by an emotional support dog on a Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta.