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Miniature horses still cleared to fly as service animals

By: Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Updated: Aug 15, 2019 - 11:04 AM

The Department of Transportation issued new guidance when dealing with service animals flying with their owners. 

In addition to clarifying what airlines can and cannot regulate, the instruction issued by the federal agencyis still giving the all-clear to miniature horses flying in the cabin if they are a service animal.

Miniature horses are not a common service animal, but they can be, WJZ reported. They can live to be about 35 years old and are between two and three feet tall, weighing about 100 pounds when fully grown

The regulations are a guideline that airlines can follow. But they don't have to. If airline officials ignore the instructions they can be penalized, WJZ reported.

But not all service animals are protected under the same guidelines. 

Airline officials can make a case-by-case determination when it comes to snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders, according to WJZ.

The Department of Transportation will also look at enforcement about other species that are emotional support animals on a case-by-case basis. 

The guidelines released last week said airlines have asked the department to  "categorically ban" some species like "birds, hedgehogs, insects and animals with hooves or horns." But the DOT said that the determination will be made through the rulemaking process that is revising the Department of Transpiration's Air Carrier Access Act.

Airlines now have about 30 days to revise policies that govern service animals, WJZ reported.


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Cleanup on aisle…..um, never mind. 

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So now you know it was not your imagination,There really was a horses ass sitting next to you

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Imagine waking up with a pig next to you

"Awwww carp - not a again - gotta lay off the booze"

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Fortunately I have never had to fly in proximity to any service animal. I would have no objections under two conditions:

1. The animal is trained to the same level as a “proper” seeing eye dog

2. The animal is capable of, and amenable to, being restrained when the seatbelt sign is on if it weighs more than a cellphone or a tablet - a laptop is supposed to be stowed away when the sign is on.

An unrestrained miniature horse weighing 100lbs is a hazard to my safety under some, reasonably common flight conditions. 

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Judging from the size of flirtys owner, poor guy might be in danger of becoming her mid-flight snack

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New way to get companion to US - Classify as "service animal" - Weighs less than 45 Kg and defiantly helps me maintain sanity while living here.



If it can only fit in aisle - no go - that is definitely a safety hazard

This is not going to end well.





As far as training requirements, some airlines require “service animals” (animals accompanying individuals with physical disabilities) to be properly trained, but there do not appear to be similar requirements for “emotional support” animals.



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