Source: Business Insider
The US Transportation Department has proposed changes to its Air Carrier Access Act service animal rule. The new rules would limit service animals allowed in a plane’s cabin to dogs. Under the change, the department would allow airlines to limit service animals based on size. Airlines had previously begun banning some species after a rise in in-flight animal incidents. Airlines may soon be able to turn away all service animals other than dogs. On Wednesday the US Department of Transportation announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. “Under the Department’s proposed rule, airlines would only be required to transport dogs as service animals,” the department said in a statement on its website. “As a result, airlines would no longer be required to accommodate miniature horses, cats, rabbits, birds, and all other service animals that airlines are currently required to transport.” The number and breeds of support animals being brought on flights in recent years have grown dramatically and airlines have lobbied to tighten the rules.