The era of emotional support pigs and peacocks on airplanes is about to end as the Department of Transportation ruled Wednesday that dogs are the only animals defined as service animals.
“The final rule announced today addresses concerns raised by individuals with disabilities, airlines, flight attendants, airports, other aviation transportation stakeholders, and other members of the public, regarding service animals on aircraft.”Emotional support animals are no longer considered service animals, but the ruling still requires airlines to allow dogs that are psychiatric service animals.
Passengers and airlines have been scrapping about the issue for years, as customers have flown with emotional support peacocks, pigs and turkeys.
Download the NBC News app for breaking newsDelta said the decision came after employees reported increased acts of aggression from service and support animals that do not typically occur with properly trained service animals.
Though the company did note that miniature horses that have been "properly trained as service animals" could be an exception to the hooves policy.
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