Here’s an article from the NY Post for you to ponder, “People are faking disabilities to fly with their pets.” I have covered this topic before, however it looks like this issue might be snowballing a bit according to this article. The article mentions instances of people bringing miniature horses into First Class. What?
Faking Disabilities So Emotional Service Animals Can Fly With You
The article explains how people are taking advantage of a rule that their animals are ‘deemed “necessary” to their emotional well-being, a classification that falls under the Air Carrier Access Act. Originally meant for those who could barely function without the support of an animal, it is now broadly used by people who enjoy the comfort of their pets.’
For a pet to be classified as an emotional support animal, an owner needs a note from a licensed mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker. Entrepreneurial types have caught on to the business opportunity of providing such notes; countless sites now provide emotional support vests and necessary letters for fees ranging from $59 to $200. Airlines are usually very compliant, because fines for refusing legitimate support animals can run as high as $150,000.
What do you think? How would you react to some of the situations that the article describes, such as a miniature horse in First Class next to you? Hit the comments.
I would not be happy flying next to most of the animals that this article talks about, especially if they are disruptive in flight.