[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.