30 Responses

  1. Eric
    Eric at |

    This is so overdue. All other airlines need to follow

  2. Brian Fisher
    Brian Fisher at |

    This brings me great joy. I have seen the service animal thing abused too many times.

  3. Andreas Mowinckel
    Andreas Mowinckel at |
    1. Brian Fisher
      Brian Fisher at |

      Well, she better not try to bring it on a flight!

  4. Ari Charlestein
    Ari Charlestein at |

    Thankfully the new rules still allow for my scorpion. ????????

  5. ahsan raza
    ahsan raza at |

    It’s about time that airlines stop this abuse. I am a disable Vietnam vet and I cope, why in the world does anyone need a dog on a 17 hour flight? It’s even worst in our grocery store with animals putting their nose in the freezers.

    1. Chuck
      Chuck at |

      As someone who’s experienced critical (i.e., I felt my life was threatened) panic attacks, it’s worth it to keep a strict vetting on these policies. It probably got too loose, and they need to clarify the situations under which companion animals need to board, but as someone who’s done this kind of attack before, I assure you this is a legit issue that just requires additional attention to weed out those who’re taking advantage of an overly-accommodating policy.

  6. Michael Karpiel
    Michael Karpiel at |

    A few years ago I had a woman and her daughter sitting next to me with their service dog “Jake”. I believe they paid the in cabin pet fee .As a dog lover I had no problems but I would certainly have an issue with someone bringing an “exotic” animal on board as a emotional support animal. I applaud Delta for making this policy change and to try to bring back some semblance of reason to the in cabin pet policy.

  7. Livea Byrne
    Livea Byrne at |

    Dogs should go too when they are not trained service animals.

    1. Seth Miller
      Seth Miller at |

      Hopefully the rules will help address that. Delta will no longer accept a generic “service animal” certification from random online providers. It will require documentation from a vet and doctor or certified mental health professional. It isn’t perfect, of course, but it is a HUGE step towards fixing the mess we’re in.

    2. Livea Byrne
      Livea Byrne at |

      Seth Miller word. As someone who is allergic to dogs, this has to be an exception and not a free flight for a purse poodle.

    3. Dan Allen
      Dan Allen at |

      Seth Miller , start charging for these furry friends and see how quick this changes. I’ve always understood a service animal assist… But this has gone way too far

  8. Amol Koldhekar
    Amol Koldhekar at |

    The 48-hr rule is great too — CLE-EWR back in November, I picked a bulkhead E+ seat at 24 hours out but got moved when the passenger in the middle seat had a huge ESA dog. Ended up in a middle seat in the back.

  9. Brad Mixner
    Brad Mixner at |

    Damn it. My “certificate” for an ESA sloth is in process!

  10. Dan Allen
    Dan Allen at |

    GOOD! If you need a goat, a reptile or even some dogs to be your friend while you fly on the airplane, it’s time to start thinking about driving to your destination.

  11. Jessica Coane
    Jessica Coane at |

    Bruce Coane we saw this coming. I wonder if those mini ponies will be a point of contest

  12. Tassojunior
    Tassojunior at |

    Cheap revenue shot by Delta.

    1. ahsan raza
      ahsan raza at |

      I do not think its about money, it’s about urine and waste on a plane.

  13. Debbie Diedrich Lee
    Debbie Diedrich Lee at |


  14. Addison Schonland
    Addison Schonland at |

    There are a lot of two-legged animals that also need to stay off planes

    1. Stephan Mark Smith
      Stephan Mark Smith at |


  15. Noella Mansfield
    Noella Mansfield at |

    It’s a good thing I don’t fly anywhere on any airline.

  16. Seth Kaplan
    Seth Kaplan at |

    Still my favorite account ever of one of these situations: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20001027/aponline212651_000.htm

    1. ahsan raza
      ahsan raza at |

      My wife and I are Muslims and all Muslims consider dogs unclean animals, so the moment we see an animal on a plane we ask to be rebooked. I remember on a trip to Frankfurt a dog put his waste in the hallway of the terminal. there is no reason for this lack of consideration of others.

      1. Me
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  17. Susan DeBruhl
    Susan DeBruhl at |

    With all that said – I truly feel that if a dog is in a carrier that fits under the seat, then the airlines need to lower the cost of flying with your pet.

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