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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Chinarider10 ·
Hi there Can you please share a link to the DOT proposal so that the public can comment as well. Sent from my iThingy
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Kathy P ·
@Chinarider10 - the public comment period is not open yet. We will keep everyone posted when that opens. Meanwhile, you can read the proposed rules (PDF).
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Debsie ·
Thank you so much for advocating for asthma/allergy sufferers regarding animals on planes. People with pets do not seem to realize that it is a matter of life or death for an allergy sufferer, like me, to be exposed to pet dander. Please let me know how I may help with this effort. Also, I had to cancel my plans to two family weddings this past year, sadly, because the hotels offering accommodations for the wedding guests, as well as other hotels in the same towns, had "pet friendly"...
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Kathy P ·
Thanks for sharing your experience with hotels and other accommodations @Debsie . AAFA continues to educate and raise awareness about the seriousness of asthma and allergies and for advocates for access.
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Chinarider10 ·
It says directly at the top how the public can submit comments. What is the AAFA planning to do about this? I believe that the definition of service animal needs to be universal and that "emotional support animals" need to be eliminated. That said, if I can't have anything under my feat upon take off and landing, how is an animal, however well trained, going to react during a true flight emergency?
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Melissa G ·
Hi Chinarider10! Welcome to the AAFA forums! Thank you for sharing your comments. We are carefully monitoring this and will have more information coming soon.
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Michelle Keen ·
Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

SFMG ·
Oh my gosh YES !!! Travelling with Asthma... Animals checked onto planes have "bumped" me off intercontinental flights a number of times (even if I had reserved my ticket weeks or months before the animal owner!), as I don't want to have an acute asthma attack half-way across the Atlantic. I could easily die. To add insult to injury, no compensation has ever been forthcoming from the airline for a hotel when the next flight was the next day..... If airlines require animal owners to submit...
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

805Native ·
I just want to thank the AAFA for their advocacy regarding the pet dander issue. I have allergic asthma and highly allergic to cat, dog, and horse dander. So much so, that my immunologist prescribed me an EpiPen after my allergy test results were revealed. Also, a few years ago, after being exposed in an airplane cabin to a dog that was shaking and being bounced around on someone's lap, I had to stop flying to the East Coast to avoid the dog dander allergen that triggers my asthma.
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Hilary H ·
Thank you for bringing attention to this important issue! Is there anything we can do to help advocate? This is a constant stressor for me as I have severe asthma triggered by cat and dog dander and flying in the states (animals aren't allowed in planes in the same way in other countries) has become harrowing for me. Thanks!
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Kathy P ·
Hi Hillary H - AAFA has a meeting with the DOT Disability Advocacy Working group coming up at the end of June. We will share any updates after that meeting.
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Shea ·
Thank you for the update! It is very good and should lessen the amount if problems for many, but sadly does not quite allow me to travel yet. At least it is acknowledged that the airlines do not accommodate individuals with dander allergies and asthma, and that the resulting risk to us can be life threatening asthma attacks, worsening of severe chronic conditions that involve multiple vital organs and are also life-threatening, increased need for high-risk medication use with detrimental...
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DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

AAFA Community Services ·
On Jan. 22, 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) released proposed rules on animals on planes. If they finalize these rules, airlines would no longer be forced to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets.
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Michelle Keen ·
Thank you so much from all of us who suffer and for this update ! I too have to worry about traveling with animals, where I can stay, hotel, rental home that a cat /dog has not stayed in. I get extremely sick for a long period of time. Definitely ruins a vacation or going to see my kids in other States. Michelle Keen
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Hilary H ·
Thank you for your continued advocacy on this. It does seem like we need to keep working on even more accommodations as I'm worried this still won't change the fact that more and more people are bringing animals onto planes, allowing them to sit on seats etc. Could we make any headway by looking at the root cause of the issue which is that the reason people want to bring their pets with them in the cabin is that they fear putting them in cargo? The main reasons they worry about the cargo...
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

TE ·
In an effort to best take care of me when purchasing a plane ticket is, I buy business class. This is obviously at a height cost to me and I feel it’s unfair. But, animals are not often in B/C. It’s beyond sneezing and itchy eyes. My asthma kicks in. It becomes very hard to breathe. I understand people have animals for various reasons (medical and otherwise). I do not however feel they should be allowed in the cabins sharing the same air quality as us human beings. Is it really worth the...
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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

Compton ·
Welcome @TE . It's good to have you here joining in the conversation. In the forums, the most recent discussion is animal dander on airplanes . Hope to see you there with your ideas.
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