DOT Update: On December 2, 2020, the Department of Transportation announced that it is revising rules around flying with Emotional Support Animals. Airlines will no longer be required to recognize ESAs and provide reasonable accommodation in the flight cabin and/or free of charge. However, Service Animals (including Psychiatric Services Animals), who are trained to perform specific tasks associated with their owner’s disability, are still legally protected and eligible for those rights. The vast majority of ESAs are dogs, and dogs can be task-trained to perform many different functions. The new rule does not require Service Animal owners to incur the cost of training by third party schools or organizations. Owners are free to train their own dogs to perform a task or function for them.
How many times have you gone through and airport and seen a police dog, sniffing bags, on duty and keeping the American public safe? For many, that number is too many to count.
Well now, our furry friends are doing more for us than stopping the bad guys.
The Orlando International Airport has announced that they are launching a brand new therapy dog program. Stating that they acknowledge that travel can be quite stressful, especially for those with anxiety or other disorders, the Orlando International Airport (MCO), will now have certified therapy dogs in the main terminal of the airport for travelers to visit.
The program will be called “MCO Paw Pilots”and will utilize certified therapy dogs screened by the Alliance of Therapy dogs and will only feature dogs who have been therapy dogs for a minimum of two years. MCO Paw Pilots gives travelers the opportunity to decompress whilst traveling, stop to receive some kisses and cuddles from these furry friends and move on with their day feeling a little lighter and brighter before boarding their flight.
Flying is one of the most common phobias in the United States, and over forty percent of the population suffers from some kind of anxiety disorder, so this program is groundbreaking for the mental health community. Not to mention, the kids will love being able to pet a puppy and you will love that your child isn’t fussy in the airport as you are trying to get your family situated.
Why stop there? Why not bring your own four-legged friend with you on your flight with you!
It has never been so easy to get your pet certified as an emotional support animal. You don’t need a prescription, you don’t need any special training for your pet, and it is so fast! All you have to do is explain how your pet relieves your stress and helps your mental well being and you can get approved for your ESA letter ASAP!
What are you waiting for? For a limited amount of time, you can get your ESA letter for 50% off!
Due to the new Department of Transportation (DOT) policy, Emotional Support Animals are NO longer allowed to fly in airplane cabins for free. However, Psychiatric Service Dogs are eligible.
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