Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses on board as service animals

Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses on board as service animals
Miniature horse. (Image: Screen grab, YouTube video)

[Ed. – The joy of flying with all your fellow…creatures.  Note: if they’re going to subject other passengers to people’s miniature horses, it does seem a bit draconian to limit the animal-dependent to a single Emotional Support Animal.] 

Come September 17, people will be able to carry miniature horses onboard Southwest flights as trained service animals, according to airline officials.

Officials announced the policy change, via a statement on its website on Tuesday. In the statement, officials name miniature horses, along with dogs and cats, as some of the most common service animals that will be accepted onboard. Passengers, however, will need to be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal.

In addition, the company announced other changes, such as formally accepting Psychiatric Support Animals (PSAs) as trained service animals, after accepting them informally as such in the past, and will also limit each passenger to one Emotional Support Animal.

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