AAFA Meets With DOT to Advocate for Equal Rights for People With Asthma and Allergies on Planes


Today, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) met with the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). We spoke with members of their Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings and Consumer Protection Division on behalf of people with asthma and allergies. We shared how critical it is that people with asthma and allergies have equal rights when they have to be on planes that have emotional support and comfort animals on board.

Many people are allergic to pet dander. It can trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms that may be serious for some people, especially in an enclosed area like a plane. We will continue to advocate for equal rights for people with asthma and allergies so they can feel safe and avoid reactions and asthma attacks while flying.

AAFA meets with DOT

Mark Vieth; Kenneth Mendez, AAFA President and CEO; and Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy and Special Projects for AAFA; outside the U.S. Department of Transportation

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Hi @Dawn Graziano,

There will be a public comment meeting sometime this fall (date has not been announced). 

We are preparing for our submission.  We will be sharing a survey with our members soon - the information we collect will be shared with DOT.

Additionally, we are meeting with the airline industry directly as well. We will keep everyone updated!

I cannot thank you enough.

This is what I have been waiting for. This is why I joined AAFA and became an advocate.

Please advise the outcome of the meeting and if there are any follow up meetings scheduled.