American Airlines’ new rules for support animals: Goats out, miniature horses in

American Airlines’ new rules for support animals: Goats out, miniature horses in
Miniature horse. (Image: Screen grab, YouTube video)

[Ed. – This does seem a bit cruel and unusual for the people who don’t need support animals, cooped up in an airline cabin for hours with someone’s miniature horse or pot-bellied pig.  Who knew we’d long for the days of plain old Labrador retrievers traveling with blind people, and old ladies with their lap-Yorkies?]

Starting July 1, ferrets, goats and hedgehogs can no longer fly American Airlines, even if they’re support animals.

They’re just three of a somewhat lengthy list of barred animals the airline has put out in response to an increase in customers transporting a service or support animal onboard their aircraft — more than 40 percent from 2016 to 2017. …

Some of the changes include additional restrictions on animal types, including sugar gliders and snakes. American will now enforce the existing 48-hour advanced notice and pre-clearance policy for emotional support animals, but will have procedures in place for emergency travel booked within 48 hours of departure.

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