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Pictured: Kenneth Shiotani, National Disability Rights Network; Claire Stanley, American Council of the Blind; Jenine Stanley, Airia; Veronica Morris, Psychiatric Service Dog Partners; Jenna Riemenschneider, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America; Brad Morris, Psychiatric Service Dog Partners; Sheri Soltes, Assistance Dogs International

Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation (AAFA) met with the Department of Transportation alongside several disability advocacy groups. We discussed service animal regulations and the impact of growing numbers of emotional support animals on airlines. We shared how difficult it is to travel when you have asthma and/or pet dander allergy. We’re working together to ensure people are treated fairly when it comes to disability accommodations—and not privileging one disability type over another.

Read related story: AAFA Meets With DOT to Advocate for Equal Rights for People With Asthma and Allergies on Planes

Have You Had an Allergic Reaction or Asthma Attack on a Flight?

Have you or your child had an allergic reaction or asthma symptoms on a flight due to animal dander? Send your story to us at We are collecting stories to share with lawmakers, the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to advocate for protections for people with animal allergies.


AAFA will continue to meet with stakeholders to find a solution that works for passengers, flight crews and airlines. Join our community to stay up to date on AAFA's advocacy efforts for the rights of passengers with allergies and asthma.

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