Post by Lαrα on Oct 16, 2014 1:26:27 GMT -8
Are you aware that there are laws that say your service dog can travel with you on your flights?
This is USA regulation:
Under the ACAA, US airlines must allow service animals to accompany any qualified person with a disability on board the aircraft. This does not include service animals in training who are traveling with a non-disabled person; although some airlines may allow this exception.
No advance notice is needed to travel with a service animal, unless the flight is expected to be longer than eight hours.
People who travel with a service animal are entitled to bulkhead seating if they desire, however they are not required to sit in the bulkhead section.
The service animal must not obstruct the aisle or any other area that is required by FAA safety rules to remain unobstructed. If the service animal cannot be accommodated at the original seat, the airline must allow the passenger to move to another seat where the animal can be accommodated.
Airlines cannot charge damage fees, deposits or surcharges to people traveling with a service animal; unless those same fees apply to other passengers.
Under the ACAA, US carriers are responsible for working with local airports to provide relief areas for service animals. Foreign carriers are only required to provide relief areas in terminal facilities for flights to or from the US.
Airlines can require documentation that a service animal will not need to relieve itself on flights over eight hours, or that it can relieve itself in a way that will not create a health or sanitation issue.
US airlines are not required to accept unusual or exotic service animals such as miniature horses, pigs or monkeys, if they determine that they are too large or heavy to be safely carried in the cabin, or if they would pose a direct threat to the safety of the other passengers.
Foreign air carriers are only required to accept dogs as service animals, and that only applies to flights to and from the US.
US air carriers are required to carry an emotional support or psychiatric service animal if the passenger presents the required documentation. This includes a letter from a mental health professional stating that the passenger has a mental health-related disability.
The letter must be less than one year old, and be from a mental health professional who is currently treating the passenger.
You must give US airlines, 48 hours advance notice if you intend to travel with an emotional support animal.
Foreign airlines are not required to carry emotional support animals.
Last but certainly not least, remember that some countries impose strict quarantines on incoming animals, and many of these quarantines do not exclude service animals. Be sure to inquire in advance about any restrictions, so you have the required paperwork for importing an animal at your destination.
If you are considering flying with your service dog then contact the airline prior to booking your seat and confirm that your dog is allowed. I would use the above guidelines to base some of your questions on...
I will add more info on travel from other countries as i source it...