On Jan. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released proposed rules on animals on planes. If they finalize these guidelines, airways would not be pressured to acknowledge emotional assist animals as service animals and should deal with them as pets.
Under the proposed rule, solely certified service canine could be allowed on planes at no further cost. Additionally, passengers with bodily or psychological disabilities who have to deliver a service canine into the cabin might must fill out a brand new federal kind testifying that it has been educated to carry out duties that deal with the incapacity.
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has been advocating for equal rights for people with asthma and allergies on planes. We have additionally met with the DOT and airways to debate the necessity for guidelines that enable all individuals with disabilities (together with bronchial asthma and allergic reactions) to be handled pretty – not favoring one incapacity over one other.
In a New York Times article, Kenneth Mendez, CEO and president of AAFA, had the possibility to talk about the rule on behalf of individuals with bronchial asthma and allergic reactions:
…The proposed guidelines may assist curb among the abuses by individuals taking animals on airplanes and saying they have been there for emotional assist.
But you additionally must take note of these passengers with bronchial asthma and allergic reactions, and there’s a rising variety of animals on airplanes…
The DOT can be accepting feedback on the proposed rule. We are working on AAFA’s full response to the DOT and can submit it when the general public remark interval opens. We’ll maintain our group up to date when it’s time to take motion!