Fox Business Flash top headlines for January 5
Fox Business Flash top headlines are here. Check out what’s clicking on FoxBusiness.com.
American Airlines is the latest airline to prohibit emotional support animals on its flights in order to align with regulations recently issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT).
Continue Reading Below
CLICK HERE TO READ MORE ON FOX BUSINESS
Starting Feb.1, only trained service dogs will be able to fly in the cabin, the Fort Worth, Texas-based carrier announced in a note on its website. Passengers will also be required to submit the DOT's Service Animal Air Transportation form before their trip to confirm that their animal is a legitimate service dog.
|AAL||AMERICAN AIRLINES GROUP INC.||15.44||+0.31||+2.05%|
|ALK||ALASKA AIR GROUP||50.00||+0.77||+1.56%|
American's notice comes just a week after Alaska Airlines issued the same warning to its customers in order to adhere to the DOT's revised rules regarding the transportation of service animals. In December, the government agency had formally ruled that only dogs can fly as service animals, and companions that passengers use for emotional support don’t count.
When the DOT's rule takes effect on Jan. 11, American says it will no longer "authorize new travel for animals" that do not meet the DOT's definition.
However, if a passenger is traveling with an animal that doesn’t qualify as a trained service animal, it may be transported as a pet.
EMOTIONAL SUPPORT ANIMALS WILL NO LONGER BE CONSIDERED SERVICE ANIMALS ON FLIGHTS, DOT DECIDES