Recommendations for traveling with your ESA

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Recommendations for traveling with your ESA

Travel season is around the corner and here at CertaPet, we get a lot of questions about traveling with an ESA.

In this article, you will find a few points and details to consider when you decide to fly with your emotional support animal.

1. Plan Ahead

Planning is the name of the game. A lot of owners during high travel season can forget some vital steps to flying with their ESA due to many reasons.

Plan ahead and schedule your ESA consultation with a licensed mental health professional in time.

Remember that some airline companies require additional paperwork which need to be completed by your therapist as well. You will then need to submit the ESA Letter and the additional forms to the airline company in time.

2. Visit the Airline’s Website

Always visit the airline’s website first and make sure you and your emotional support animal have all the requirements needed in order to board an airplane.

For example, even though there is no weight restriction for an ESA, most airline companies have to make sure that your emotional support animal will fit under the seat in front of you or be able to sit on your lap without disturbing the person sitting next to you.

3. Train Your ESA to Behave

Unlike service animals, an ESA does not require any special training. However, we strongly encourage you to make sure your pet understands basic commands, behaves well in public setting, and is trained for traveling if you chose to take it on a flight.

Understand that if your animal ever shows signs of aggression (lunging, barking, etc) or causes a disruption on the flight, they can be removed and banned from boarding a future flight.

4. Wash and Clean Your Emotional Support Animal

Make sure your emotional support animal is clean for the flight. Consider giving them a bath so that everyone around you is comfortable.

5. Know the Airport’s Animal Relief Areas

Make sure to locate the animal relief areas on the airport map before the day of travel. You will want to take your animal there directly before your flight so that they do not have any accidents while on the plane. Make sure to have clean up supplies just in case!

Important Tip:

Always take your pet to the Vet at least a week or 2 before your flight. Make sure your emotional support animal is healthy and ready to board an aircraft. It’s always good to bring a diaper just in case.

If you want to have more information about the Air Carrier Access Act and all the rules and obligations you need to know, please click here to see our Guide to ESA Travel Laws. We hope you and your ESA enjoy your flight and have the best experience!


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