Service Animal Regulations

DOT Releases Service Animal in Air Travel Regulations

By PVA National Staff

On January 22, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released its proposed amendments to the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on transporting service animals on aircraft. Once officially published, the public has 60 days to provide comments on the proposed changes to DOT. The proposed rule would mean big changes for all service animal users. Under the proposed rule, airlines would be able to request that any passenger traveling with a service animal complete DOT forms attesting to their service animal’s good behavior, health, and training. The recommended changes would also allow airlines to require travelers with service animals to check-in early for their flight. The proposed rule would also allow airlines to prohibit transport of emotional support animals unless the individual complies will rules and fees for transporting pets.

The proposed rule is available here.

PVA has concerns with many parts of the proposed rule and will provide comments to DOT.

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