Goats, insects, hedgehogs, pigs and amphibians are included on the forbidden animals list based on the new rules. None of the restrictions affect American's service animal policy, which specifically applies to animals that are trained to assist people with disabilities.
The new rules are supposed to protect passengers who really do need to travel with service and support animals and are also geared towards preventing disruption in the cabin being caused by animals that are not properly trained, The Chicago Tribune reported.
When we've come to a place where airlines have to deny emotional support peacocks entry to a flight, it's possible we've come entirely too far.
"Those are two very different animals", Pratt said.
The airline said the animal did not fit its guidelines for support animals. "They do have to be under control, they do have to have some kind of training if they're a dog or something like that".
The airline said it plans to enforce its 48-hour pre-clearance and notification period and that it reserves the right to contact the mental health professional who certified the need for an emotional support animal.
The new American Airlines policy says passengers must let the airline know they are traveling with a support animal 48 hours ahead of time. "The best thing they can do is follow the standards that are already written". "Unfortunately, untrained animals can lead to safety issues for our team, our customers and working dogs onboard our aircraft". American Airlines said that between 2016 and 2017, the number of customers transporting service or support animals aboard their planes rose by more than 40%.
Travelers must also fill out a form conforming to behavior guidelines for their support animal, including agreeing that if the animal can not be well-behaved on the flight, it will be treated as a pet and all pet fees will apply.
Emotional support animals provide emotional, psychiatric or cognitive support for individuals with disabilities, and are allowed to fly for free with their owners if they meet certain criteria, according the American Airlines.
Prior to enacting these changes to our animal policy, which will become effective July 1, American met with a number of disability groups to get their input, including American Association of People with Disabilities, Paralyzed Veterans of America, American Council for the Blind and My Blind Spot.