Flying with an Emotional Support Animal

flying with an emotional support animal
You can fly hassle-free with your animal — without charge — so long as you qualify and have obtained an emotional support animal letter from a licensed mental health professional.

Flying with an Emotional Support Animal: Know the ACAA

The Air Carrier Access Act prohibits discrimination against passengers with disabilities. Airlines are required to accommodate passenger needs. If you need your animal to help relieve psychological symptoms associated with your disability, traveling with your animal is as simple as obtaining an emotional support animal letter.

The letter will explain that your animal is a part of your treatment plan and needs to accompany you to provide relief from your symptoms.

You can also utilize an emotional support animal vest or patch and a photo ID of your animal; however, all that is legally required is the letter from your medical or mental health professional.

Although having a vest or photo ID is not required, it can sometimes make a passenger feel more comfortable in that they do not have to identify the purpose of their animal.

We know traveling can be stressful, but provided you have the correct documentation, it can be easy and fun again knowing you have the support you need.

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  • Lisa Zeit says:

    I need to fly my daughter, college student home from Grand Forks ND. To Wisconsin. She has a registered Emotional Support French Bulldog. Is he allowed? Your site said no snub nose? but he is her support animal?

  • Samantha Mottet says:

    I have a certified letter from a psychiatrist within the last year. My dog is up to date on a shots.

  • Ginny says:

    United Airlines wants to charge me $600 to put my doctor certified emotional dog UNDER the plane because he weighs more than their approved weight limit if 60 pounds. Is this even legal??

  • Lori says:

    If you travel with your ESA pet on the airplane do they have to stay in the crate the whole time or can they sit on your lap? Do you even need a crate?

    • Heather says:

      no you do not need a crate, your dog can travel on your lap

    • Wes says:

      Southwest requires your dog or cat to be in an approved crate for the entire trip. Look at their website for specific sizes of crates and rules/regulations.

    • Kyla Waldron says:

      Your animal can sit curled up on the ground by your feet as long as he or she is not bothering other passengers. However they may not block the walk way of the plane in case of emergency. And they may sit on your lap.

  • Meg says:

    My family is moving to Honduras and my daughter’s both have Emotional Service animals, my 7yr old have a lab/retriever mix, who helps her during autism meltdowns and over stimulation and self harm, my 9 yr old has a cat for PTSD and Anxiety, and I have a emotional service dog as well for PTSD. I have researched till I’m so overloaded with information it is not making any sense. They go to a therapist, and I’m sure I could get a letter from her. But what else will I need to get into the Country, I have tried contacting the Embassies here in the states with no luck. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

  • Rita says:

    Thank you for your comment that not all illnesses are visible. And the comment about the cost too. I applied for an Emotional Support Animal (ESA). I was approved but the cost is $25,000. $20,000 is paid for by donors. The other $5,000 I would have to raise the money through family and friends and hold fundraisers. The organization would help me organize the fundraisers. After that they would choose a puppy for me. The organization that approved me said that twice a week I had to go to their location and help train the puppy. It would take at least a year. Their place of business is an hour drive from my house. I don’t own a car. People don’t realize what’s involved and they like to comment without knowing the facts.
    Anyway thank you again for your comments.

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