Luxury Aircraft, LLC. has announced that amid new restrictions banning emotional support animals on several commercial airlines, travelers have other options and that flying private can offer much more flexibility.
Anyone looking for more flexibility when traveling with their pets can consider private options, such as a charter flight with Luxury Aircraft Solutions.
Up until recently, travelers on commercial flights were permitted to bring pets and certain animals on board as emotional support animals. But, new regulations that no longer require airlines to accommodate emotional support animals have resulted in bans across several major airlines. Travelers can still fly with pets in crates and in the cargo hold, but will no longer be able to bypass these limitations by declaring their pets as emotional support animals.
“Pets are like members of the family, and they should be treated that way,” said Daniel Hirschhorn, Managing Director of Luxury Aircraft Solutions, in a press release. “Most people are uncomfortable with putting their pets in the cargo section of an airplane, and understandably so.”
Hirschhorn added that there are also people who truly need the emotional support and comfort that their pets can provide when traveling.
“We want to remind travelers that we don’t impose these types of restrictions on the private flights we provide,” he related in the press release. “As a matter or fact, we allow pets without any special classification to fly in the cabin uncrated.”
Emotional support animals can offer comfort to people suffering from certain ailments, disabilities, and mental illnesses, and can also be registered as emotional support animals if they generally improve someone’s overall well-being, or help to provide companionship.
Certifying a pet as an emotional support animal is often a fairly simple process, which is what prompted the change in regulations, as this certification means pets qualify for exemption from certain rules.
While cats and dogs are the most common types of pets that are certified as emotional support animals, technically speaking, any species can be an emotional support animal. Pigs, peacocks, and other unusual species were reported to be flying in the main cabins of commercial planes because travelers declared them as emotional support animals.
Service animals are still a special exception when it comes to flying, and will continue to receive exceptional onboard privileges to ensure the safety of the individuals they are traveling with. Although service animals and emotional support animals are often confused with one another, there is a significant difference.
nimals must go through an extensive certification process to qualify as a service animal, which includes specialized training and passing an exam. It is usually a more complex process to certify an animal as a service animal rather than an emotional support animal, and not all situations qualify for this certification.
Most of the major nationwide airlines have immediately started implementing the ban on emotional support animals, including JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Alaska Airlines. Because this is a new announcement from the DOT, it is likely that all major airlines will ultimately follow suit and there will be a nationwide emotional support animal ban on all commercial airlines. Some of these rulings are effective immediately; others will be in effect in the near future.
Based in Long Island, New York, Luxury Aircraft Solutions, a charter company, offers all available aircraft options for travelers, including helicopters and jumbo jets. The company offers their services to business travelers, vacationers, celebrities and other public figures looking to maintain their privacy when traveling, and they also provide wholesale private jet charters through their jetmembership.com platform and jet cards through their Aviate program.
To learn more about Luxury Aircraft Solutions, visit http://www.luxuryaircraftsolutions.com.
Source: Luxury Aircraft Solutions
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