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How Do You Feel About Service Animals On Planes?

Discussion in 'General Discussions - USA & Canada' started by Amica, Jun 7, 2017.

  1. Amica

    Amica IL Hall of Fame

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    Airline staff don't ask questions for fear of embarrassing the passenger who brings an ESA aboard.
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    A few videos about the current situation:

    Passengers abuse rules to bring animals on planes:



    Woman Lied About Having Emotional Illness So She Could Fly With Dog:



    Pets On Planes For Emotional Support Only Need Note From Doctor To Fly Free:


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    I never travel anywhere without my service cobra - don't leave home without it!:cool:
     
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    My ESA (emotional support animal) is a human. : ) LOL.

    And in a pinch, it is the internet. They can at least give me free wi-fi in the plane!

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    OK... have to say.. not making fun of people with genuine needs. But, there are also people with genuine fears.
     
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    Crazy!! I once had an animal on a plane to Florida... I don't know if it was a service animal or not, it was a puppy in a cage and suffice it to say that everyone was ready to jump off the plan mid-air. It wasn't mine, BTW!!!

    It is really sad that people misuse the service animal certification. The company that I used to work for sponsored this organization called Canine Companions for Independence and we had some people who had service dogs from them come and speak to us about the experience at an event. We could also see the amount of effort the trainers and the animals went through the get the animals trained and what a source of joy they were for their charges. So if people are misusing the certification, it is a huge disservice to the animals as well as the people who need these services. On a tangent, when we went to see a movie, there was a service dog that I did not even know was there until after the movie and when we were all walking out of the theater. I do understand that a plane might be different.
     
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    They have no qualms in embarrassing us with all sorts of questions about our child's disability or the lack of visible disabilities. They don't care who is hearing their pointed questions. I think they aren't asking the questions because it's not required of them. There should be rules to verify the claims.
    Since it's a part of the ADA, they cannot frame rules to not permit animals on board but they can ensure the animal is a service animal and not a pet.

    Regarding the kid with the allergy, there isn't anything they could do other than remove him from the airline. Even if the animal was removed, the air vents would have already carried the pet dander throughout the plane making it dangerous for a child with a reaction.
     
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    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-st...-university-to-allow-support-animals-in-dorms

    " Stanford University will allow support animals in its dorms for the first time this fall.

    ...the new policy comes after increased demand from undergraduates to allow pets that lend emotional support.

    In previous years, students and their support animals had to live in campus apartments. This is the first year it will allow undergraduates with approved support animals to live with them in certain designated dorms.
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    What if a student's support animal is a helicopter/drone mom/dad?

    Former Stanford dean explains why helicopter parenting is ruining a generation of children
    The above article by a former Stanford dean is oft-quoted to parents with college age children. On the one hand, they discourage overly protective parents. On the other hand, they are allowing support animals in dorms. How are they going to differentiate between a student who needs a support animal and one who is going through the usual (struggle) process of settling down for the first time away from home, sharing a room, sharing a bathroom (and dealing with no underwear to wear if laundry not done on time)? God only knows.
     
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    my kid never received any priveleges inspite of her disability.
     
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    [​IMG] At least those without ESAs won't have to live with them.

    IMHO, they should allow guard dogs. That might reduce campus rapes and bullying. :neutral:

    The kid would quickly get over their need for an ESA and send the parent packing. :p
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