There are some animals that airlines do not have to accept as emotional support animals, including reptiles, snakes, and spiders.
The updated guidelines are similar to changes by Delta Airlines that require documentation about the animal's training and vaccination records, USA Today reported. Delta Air Linesannounced recently that passengers would be required to bring a signed document stating the support animal they wish to bring aboard is trained.
Each of the three largest airlines require notification about a comfort animals 48 hours before departure, with a note from a licensed medical professional confirming the passenger's disability and need for the animal. But have you ever heard of a service peacock?
American Airlines is reviewing its policies after the number of comfort animals on its flights increased by 15 percent previous year, and the Department of Transportation is mulling new guidelines as well, according to USA Today.
In addition, the airline also published a list of animals that have been barred from the cabin of its aircraft. And most importantly-where can I get an emotional support peacock? There are no changes in United's policy for service animals. Yet in recent years the rules have allowed a host of unusual and exotic animals to board planes for their owners' emotional wellbeing. "This is about maintaining safety, health and security for passengers and crew, while ensuring accessibility for those who need it".
Service animals, as defined by the Americans for Disabilities Act, are specifically dogs that are individually trained to assist people with physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual or other mental disabilities. In 2014, a flight was forced to make an emergency landing after a dog pooped in the aisle.