Airline Noah’s Ark coming to an end:
Animals can soothe fliers suffering from anxiety, panic attacks, and phobias. But air carriers are frustrated that many healthy passengers are abusing the rules, claiming their pets are therapy animals to fly them for free in the cabin.
It’s also an issue for passengers with allergies and crews who must deal with the critters. Some flight attendants complain cabins now look like barnyards. “The ‘emotional support animal’ situation is out of control,” Henry Harteveldt, travel industry analyst at the Atmosphere Research Group, told TODAY. “Most passengers don’t want to be on an airborne Noah’s Ark.” As TODAY national investigative correspondent Jeff Rossen found out, it’s easy to get a pet designated an emotional support animal. All you need is a special vest and an official letter from a mental health professional. Lots of websites offer certifications; all you have to do is fill out a questionnaire.
Source: Travel Industry News