Traveling with a Service Animal
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) National Network has provided answers to many questions concerning traveling with a service animal including:
- Can I travel around my community and the country with my service animal?
- What types of transportation are covered by the ADA?
- So, why is flying complicated?
- What does the ADA say about the accessibility of airports?
- What about hotels? Can I bring my service animal to a hotel?
The answer to these and other frequently asked questions regarding traveling with a service animal can be found on the ADA National Network's Website.
In addition, The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has issued a final rule to amend the Department's Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) regulation on the transport of service animals by air. This final rule is intended to ensure that the air transportation system is safe for the traveling public and accessible to individuals with disabilities.
Among its provisions, the final rule:
- Defines a service animal as a dog, regardless of breed or type, that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability;
- Permits airlines to recognize emotional support animals as pets, rather than service animals;
- Requires airlines to treat psychiatric service animals the same as other service animals and no longer allows airlines to impose additional requirements on individuals traveling with psychiatric service animals as a condition of transport; and
- Allows airlines to require service animal users to provide a form developed by DOT attesting to the dog’s health, behavior, and training to assist the airline in determining if the dog poses a direct threat to the health or safety of others.
See the Service Animal final Rule FAQs for more information.