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?