No pigs or peacocks: US says only dogs can fly as 'service animals'

Washington (AFP) – Flying with your emotional support peacock or hamster? No. But with your service dog, or even two — that’s okay on US airlines, regulators have decided. The US Department of Transportation issued a final rule Wednesday on what kind of “service animals” that airlines are required to accommodate on board flights in the United States.  The practice of flying with a pet for emotional support has exploded over recent years, with travelers seeking to board with all sorts of non-human mental health aides: pigs, parrots, monkeys, ducks, a peacock, and even, in one genuine attempt, …

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