Emotional Support animals

Did you know that passengers with specific conditions can request for an emotion support animal to accompany them when they fly? Well specifically this applies mostly to the US. It can be a cat, dog, pig etc…there isn’t really a specific list. So it was an interesting read for us when Christopher Elliot wrote this contributive piece at the Huffington.

All of this began more than 15 years ago when the use of service animals onboard flights was expanded to include emotion support animals. These support animals are not pets and they are to sit on the laps of the passenger when flying. Unless they bought a ticket for the seat next to them.

Can you imagine sitting next to a passenger with a big big dog?

That’s what Maureen discovered recently…and it’s really controversial to say who’s got more rights. Especially when your personal space is invaded or you’ve got phobias, allergies etc. Does the person who need emotional support get ‘priority’ over your physical ailment? One thing is for sure, if you are seated next to someone with a snake for comfort, would you not ask to move?

So you can imagine the debate that is raging. Should airlines simply stop allowing animals onboard except for true service animals – eg for the visually impaired. Would it be controversial to say ‘if people cannot fly without emotional support animal(s), they shouldn’t fly’? Can we tell it as it is?

What do you think?

Author: Mel & Suan

Mel works his day job for a living, but lives for antiquities, history and geography at all other times. He enjoys writing and thought sharing and obviously traveling. Suan is a homey person, who like girlie stuff such as cross stitching etc. Enjoys shopping & modeling for Mel. What a match!

23 thoughts on “Emotional Support animals”

  1. There is a possibility that my husband and I might move from the USA to Europe someday. At first, we thought our beloved Pacific Parrotlet would join us (a quiet bird), but unfortunately he passed away this past February. Of course I eventually wanted another pet, and again my husband and I decided on a parrot. We would possibly be able to put our new parrot (bigger than our old one) in a bird carrier that would fit under the seat, but it is possible that he would be scared and perhaps squawk sometimes, which can be loud. I’m not sure. I do understand how passengers could be bothered by that, but it is scary to think of him elsewhere.

    My sister-in-law has an animal phobia. She’s OK if animals are shut in another room, or the bird is in the locked cage. It is a point that such things would really need to be considered.

    I do consider my pet an emotional support animal. Not casually, but truly since he’s helpful for me psychologically (I have a mental illness). He’s not official, though.

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    1. This is an interesting conundrum you have raised. But it would be doubtful that the airline would allow you to bring the bird onboard the aircraft no? Also, are there laws in Europe for the transport of pets we recall? Petrelocation seems to be a service available to help…

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        1. Yes indeed. It will good to speak with the professionals who can make the move easier. The only thing would be cost, but we read somewhere that the procedures are now much streamlined and easier than before. Good luck!

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  2. I will not expressly state my “side” but I have some emotional/psychological problems and I accept that I need a Psychologist and some pills. The Psychologist doesn’t have to fly with me and the pills stay in my bag not bothering any passenger. But, if I don’t take the pills, I might bother the passengers. Haha!

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  3. For some people the need for emotion support animals is undeniably real. I would have no problems sitting next to sb w cute pets like dogs and cats in the plane, but pigs and snakes would be a little too hard to handle. At least they should meet strict standards on hygiene and safety.

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  4. This reminds me of the incident where a US war veteran suffering from PTSD was denied her flight because of her emotional support pig. This is a concept that’s likely to attract a fair bit of scorn among some people in other parts of the world, but at the same time I feel like with emotional support animals you do need to have limits as to their size and transportation. You shouldn’t infringe on the right to comfort – and perhaps emotional welfare – of the person sitting next to you, after all.

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