an animal that is specially trained and able to provide assistance to a person living with a disability, as guiding a blind person.
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How to use service animal in a sentence
Where the DOT—through the ACAA—previously classified ESAs as service animals, it now classifies them as pets and requires that airlines make no special accommodation for them.
During 2017 alone, a single airline—Delta—says it flew 250,000 emotional support and service animals in its cabins.
Disabled people with service animals will experience minimal changes in how they travel, aside from seeing fewer numbers of ESAs on planes.
The new rule now defines a service animal to be a dog that is “individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability” and limits the number of service animals a person can travel with to two.Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals | Lori Aratani | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post
Over the years, airlines have had to accommodate a growing variety of animals as the definition of what is considered a service animal expanded to include animals that travelers said they needed for emotional and psychological support when flying.Airlines will no longer be required to transport emotional support animals | Lori Aratani | December 2, 2020 | Washington Post