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8 thoughts on “Traveling by Air with Service Animals - Comments from Airlines and Airline Trade Associations Pertaining to Breed Restrictions

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  1. The weight of the content and the process of the comments from airlines and airline trade associations regarding breed restrictions show that the industry is in favor of airlines having an effective voice in on-site risk management. It is nice to know that the industry is in favor of swinging this dangerously far-flung pendulum back to a somewhat reasonable point that puts obvious risk concerns ahead of most-often times fabricated “service” concerns. Also, Captain “Sully” Sullenberger has weighed in on this issue, too. I pray that the spirit of Love, Truth and Safety is able to reach the Department of Transportation!

  2. I really hope they make the right decision. Breed restrictions can only be a good thing. There is literally no downside to implementing laws to keep the majority of paying customers safe.

  3. Airlines are solely concerned about money and not getting sued for endangering the lives of passengers. However, it’s still HUGE that they may decide to permanently ban these insanely dangerous maulers from traveling freely inside the cabin with paying passengers. You’ll understand if I’m not overly impressed with the airlines, given their track record. I no longer travel by plane at all, which is my sane, rational choice. …Especially as airlines also strip us of our right to carry even so much a sharp pen or the basic necessities to physically defend ourselves from maulers while on their aircraft. No one has the right to expose me to mauling and death. Excuse me if I am not overly impressed with the fascist airline industry finally catching up to Common Sense. They are pretty much basically out of business now, during this Pandemic, and NOW is the time to demand from this industry ALL of our basic rights back. Take what is ours; Basic Physical Safety; Adequate Personal Space; CHOICE, edible food, Not To Be Locked in an Aircraft With Lions, Tigers, Pit Bulls, Dogo Argentos, presa canarios, Boa constrictors, etc., etc.

  4. Since neither “dog training” nor “service animal training” are regulated industries, any potential airline passenger could put any trainer on their form. Such a loophole should never be permitted to get its foot in their [safety] door.

  5. I’m gonna say it. What no one is “allowed” to say in this argument about service dogs. A person with a true disability requiring a service dog cannot train their own. It is just not possible. The training is so rigorous and many dogs fail out. Also, it would be impossible for say, a blind person to train a seeing-eye dog. Just think about the logistics of it. I once tried to work with a service dog training company and I was shocked that a dog could be in training for a long time and if it chased a squirrel or showed fear getting on an elevator, even the first time, it was removed from the program and sold as a pet. The dogs also came from a dedicated kennel that had over 10 generations of breeding records and that kept a very strict breeding line. They did not add genes to the stock lightly. The temperament (personality and behaviors) of individuals is extremely important in dog breeding and it is a gene that is passed on.

    • Yes they can train their own dog. We have spoken to multiple individuals with severe physical disabilities who have done just that. The only people we have spoken to have Labs or Goldens. One person, a double amputee (both legs), travels worldwide every year with his self-trained Golden. You have to understand the “amazing” partnership with one of these dogs. His Golden learns new things all the time too. We are not saying this is the equivalent to professionally trained dogs, but the idea that a person with a physical disability cannot self-train, especially a Lab or Golden, to perform important tasks is just not true. She runs right along side his motorized wheelchair while leashed. Because many store fronts are non ADA-compliant and have a hump or step to get over (which his wheelchair cannot), she takes his list and credit card into the store and gives it to the clerk! He’s been pulled off his wheelchair and she helps him get back on. They are an excellent working team, and all they do, as you would imagine by living together and working together everyday, is increase their working bond and tasks they do together!

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