United Airlines cracks down on emotional support animals

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United Airlines is banning emotional support puppies and kittens under four months old.

 

United Airlines will no longer accept emotional support puppies and kittens under four months of age after complaints of soiling the cabins and biting/scratching other passengers.

 

In addition, all emotional support animals are banned from flights longer than eight hours.

 

“We have seen increases in onboard incidents on longer flights involving these animals, many of which are unaccustomed to spending an extended amount of time in the cabin of an aircraft,” the airline wrote on its website.

 

The changes come after rival airline Delta banned young puppies and kittens from its planes last month.

 

The new rules are set to take effect today though United says any passengers who booked their flights before the day of the announcement (3rd Jan) will be allowed to board with their pets under the old guidelines.