Flying with Service Dogs Part 2

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What does the DOT consider to be a service animal

Let’s cover the basics.

What does the DOT now consider a service animal that is eligible for special accommodation on flights? The DOT has revised their definition of service animal so it aligns more closely with the definition under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

A service animal for purposes of air travel is a dog, regardless of what breed it is, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for someone with a disability, including psychiatric and mental disabilities.

Emotional Support Animals

“Service animal” does not cover emotional support animals, or animals other than dogs. That is unfortunate news for owners of service animals like capuchin monkeys or miniature horses, but the DOT felt that dogs were the most appropriate service animals for the interior of an airplane cabin.


The key difference between a service dog and a normal pet or other type of assistance animal is that a service dog must be trained to perform tasks related to the handler’s disability. That means even a service dog in training is not considered a full-fledged service dog until it has completed its training.

For us to to really understand what is going on her we have to take a look at what is a Disability under these new rules and then we can talk about tasks

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