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After mauling, Delta Airlines tightens emotional support animal restrictions

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

In the wake of a horrific mauling of a Delta passenger by another traveler’s emotional support dog last year, Delta is tightening restrictions on emotional support animals in flight.

To travel with an emotional support animal, starting March 1 Delta Air Lines will require a “confirmation of animal training” form signed by the passenger indicating the animal can behave and proof of health or vaccinations submitted online 48 hours in advance. The new rules are in addition to the current requirement of a letter from a doctor or licensed mental health professional.

Atlanta-based Delta said the change is due to “a lack of regulation that has led to serious safety risks involving untrained animals in flight.”

But it’s also worth noting that the mauled passenger, Marlin Jackson of Daphne, Ala., quickly retained an attorney after the incident last year.


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