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

Summary of Comments Washington D.C. - After submitting our own comments to the Department of Transportation (DOT), which outlines why airlines should be allowed to prohibit specific breeds -- pit bulls and fighting breeds -- as service animals from flying in the space of a confined aircraft cabin, we reviewed comments from airlines and airline trade associations regarding breed restrictions. The majority seek the ability to prohibit certain breeds from flying in-cabi… [Read full blog post]

DOT Seeks Comments on Pit Bulls and Breed Restrictions in Crowded Airplane Cabin; Drops Emotional Support Animals

Proposed Rulemaking: Traveling by Air with Service Animals On January 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation issued a proposed rule stating that emotional support animals will no longer be considered a service animal while traveling by air. The proposal recognizes that "aircraft are highly confined spaces" and that accommodating service animals must be balanced against the health and safety of other passengers and crew. In a rare opportunity, DOT seeks comme… [Read full blog post]

Beneath the 'Headlines' of the DOT's Final Guidance of Enforcement Priorities Regarding Service Animals

What Does it Mean for Delta's Pit Bull Ban? - Discussion On August 8, the DOT issued their final enforcement priorities regarding service animals. The DOT's guidance comes after airlines began tightening policies on service and support animals. News headlines followed with claims like, "Delta can't ban pit bulls." Due to how the current rule is written, however, Delta may have legal basis; they would not have issued the ban otherwise. Our special report dives into the area… [Read full blog post]

Delta Passenger Repeatedly Attacked in the Face by a Large "Support" Dog Sues Airline and the Owner of the Dog

The Complaint Against Delta - Analysis & Discussion On June 4, 2017, after Marlin Jackson boarded Delta Flight 1430 in the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, he was repeatedly attacked in the face by a large "support" dog seated on a man's lap. On May 24, 2019, Jackson sued Delta Air Lines and the owner of the dog in Fulton County state court. The complaint details the allegations against the two parties and asks for a jury trial. Our report discusses the legal complaint a… [Read full blog post]