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The U.S. Department of Transportation will no longer consider emotional support animals as service animals under a new rule allowing airlines to limit the types of animals that fly in cabin for free effective January 2021.
In a revision to its Air Carrier Access Act, the DOT defines a service animal as a "dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability."
Airlines are "not required to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets," it stated. The practice has "eroded the public trust in legitimate service animals," the DOT said in its rule, which it said was prompted in part by an increase in travelers "fraudulently representing their pets as service animals" to avoid charges for transporting pets.’ @abcnews