Although American airlines are considered to be the most pet-friendly airlines with tons of positive reviews.
Still, there are some species that are not allowed on the plane. Find below the list of emotional support animals on no fly list.
ESA is an animal that helps in providing emotional support to a person with a disability. But there are some extremely bizarre ESAs too.
Are these weird animal species really providing any kind of support? Or people are just misusing their ESA letter to get their bizarre animal for the travel and living benefits.
Why choose an emotional support animal if you can’t travel with it? The sole purpose is to accompany you while providing you relief. An ESA letter provided by a mental health professional enables you to travel with an emotional animal as long as it is not a threat to others.
Although the most common types of emotional support animals are dogs and cats. Other animals can also provide therapeutic value. But there are certain animals that are prohibited.
For example, a red-lipped batfish and star-nosed mole should stay on shows like strange animal facts. For ESAs, choose sensible animals.
Unfortunately, people have started misusing the ESA letter by getting weird animals. This has left a bad taste regarding the emotional support animals and depriving the people of utilizing their ESA privileges.
Don’t ruin it for people who genuinely need an emotional support animal for themselves.
Yes, you can keep any animal as an ESA but don’t forget that some animals cannot survive in a confined place. That is dangerous for them as well as for you.
Dragon lizards as an emotional support animal? Well, they might be supportive of you. But can you imagine taking your lizard along in a public place?
You might have an exotic animal as your ESA such as alligators, crocodiles, and some insects such as dragonflies, but other people around you might not be okay with your animal.
So, these animals are not allowed to travel with you on the plane.
ESA laws are there to help and assist people who actually need a support animal. Despite the fact that they allow cats and dogs to accompany you while traveling, this law does not apply to birds.
Just like some amphibians or mammals, birds are also on the no-fly list. It does not matter if your bird is exotic or common; you will not be able to carry it around in the plane.
It is important to note that non-household birds such as farm poultry, waterfowl game bird, and birds of prey are strictly prohibited.
Similarly, peacocks are also not allowed on the planes. Flying with a dog or a cat is different than having an exotic bird like a peacock. The reason is not their large size only.
Peacocks are not very disciplined when they are in a state of panic.
The same goes for the squirrels. They might be cute creatures, but they are rodents. Don’t expect a squirrel to behave in a disciplined way like a rabbit.
Rabbits and hamsters are allowed if they are kept securely in a cage, but that is not the case with a squirrel and sugar gliders.
Do you have a strange, big spider as your ESA?
If yes, well here is the bad news for you!
Insects, spiders and similar creatures are not allowed on the plane. Because these creatures can trigger phobias among others who are not a fan of bugs and insects. While your spider might be a source of relief for you but it will be causing severe stress to others.
All snakes sold in the United States are mostly non-venomous and are not a threat to public safety.
They might provide therapeutic support to you but they are not allowed to accompany you while traveling.
So, nearly all international airlines do not allow exotic and weird animals to travel with you in the cabin.
We recommend you to always travel with a trained service animal. Although emotional support animal does not undergo any special training, basic obedience training is a must.
The Air Carrier Access Act effective since 1986 and enforced by the US Department of Transportation allows the ESA owners to travel with their animals. But there are special requirements that you must meet in order to carry your animal along.
Although, department of transportation received many letters regarding only allowing animals that are specifically trained such as guide dogs. Because several cases reported where untrained animals, service dogs and support animals have attacked the airline employees.
Despite the fact that these laws are specifically made for mentally disabled people who need emotional support to calm themselves down, an airline is not obliged to cater and accommodate every type of animal.
First of all, to get your animal on a plane, you need a 100% valid and legitimate letter for your ESA so that no airline can deny your request or claim your letter to be fake.
Remember, you don’t have to just prove the need for an ESA but also give a notice to the airline. If your ESA is approved by the airline to accompany you, you still have to fulfill their requirements.
Passengers traveling with an emotional support and psychiatric service animal must complete the required documentation at least 24 to 48 hours before the flight.
Here is the bad news!
An airline reserves the right to deny your animal’s access to the plane if it is not suitable for traveling in the cabin.
Airlines are not obliged to accept wild and exotic animals like snakes, alligators, squirrels, other reptiles or birds.
However, a well-behaved emotional support dog or a cat and even miniature horses, rabbits and hamsters will always be welcomed to travel with their owners in the plane cabin.
So, no weird animals allowed!
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