Today the Department of Transportation released its proposed rule changes to the Air Carrier Access Act which will impact service dog teams. The DOT proposes to align its definition of service animal with the ADA definition which does not recognize emotional support animals and limits service animals to dogs that have been individually trained to do work or perform a task for an individual with a disability. The definition would limit service animals to dogs and airlines would be allowed to treat emotional support animals as pets. Other proposed changes refer to size of the service animal, limiting the number to two per passenger and leash, tethering or harnessing requirements. The DOT would also develop standardized forms that each airline would be required to use (health form, behavior and training attestation and relief attestation for flights over eight hours).
These are not the final rules - they can be changed based on comments received for or against.
The comment period for the proposed rules is open for the next 60 days. Comments must be identified by the docket number DOT-OST-2018-0068 and can be made:
• at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: go to http://www.regulations.gov and follow the online
instructions for submitting comments.
• by Mail: Docket Management Facility, U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey
Ave. SE, West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590-0001.
• by Hand Delivery or Courier: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New
Jersey Ave. SE, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, except
• by Fax: (202) 493-2251
You must include the agency name and docket number DOT-OST-2018-0068 or the Regulatory Identification Number (RIN) for the rulemaking at the beginning of your comment. All comments received will be posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information provided.