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Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

AAFA Community Services ·
In January, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) proposed new rules regarding animals on planes . If passed, airlines would no longer be forced to recognize emotional support animals as service animals and may treat them as pets. The Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) has submitted our comment to the DOT on behalf of people with asthma and allergies. Read our comment below. We also encourage you to submit your own comment to the DOT about emotional support animals on...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Jenna R. ·
Hi Dawn, I am sorry you were disappointed in our response. We are continuing to work with the DOT as part of a disability working group and agree that all passengers have a right to safe travel. It is incredibly challenging to accommodate multiple disabilities on an aircraft, but we feel that this rule will significantly reduce the fraudulent use of emotional support animals. We will continue to engage with the DOT to ensure equal accommodation for the asthma and allergy community. Best...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Dawn Graziano ·
I have to say that I am very disappointed by the response by AAFA.. It is not enough to simple be "distanced" from an animal on the plane, In addition to the danger of being subjected to animal hair and dander on seats and carpets, these dangers are also circulated through the aircraft ventilation system, thus making distancing ineffective. We are not just in danger from the current flight we are boarding but the multiple, previous flights that have accommodated animals.Planes are being...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Shea ·
Yes, Dawn is right. I know it seems easier to claim distance will help but dog dander is sooooo airborne and light and accumulates. I wouldn't be able to go on a plane with a dog on board.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

MizWheezie ·
While my heart goes out to people who require "Service Animals" to assist in their every day life, I think there should definitely be some consideration for those of us with severe allergies to animal dander... Being cooped up on a plane (or train) with them for several hours, or even 30-45 minutes, is sheer torture for people like us, unfortunately.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Allergictoanimals ·
I completed the survey. All, Has anyone been traveling by plane that can recommend a company mask to cover nose and mouth on plane to protect from pet dander? I haven't travelled since early 2015 and hoping to take a trip at the end of this month. Thanks in advance for your help.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
My heart also goes out to all the people who can't fly and go into public buildings; the child forced to deplane while adults cheered and jeered at him; the people dragged off planes or forced off planes because dogs are being put before people with asthma, allergies, autism, dog phobias and OCD. We need the federal service dog law to be tighter, with state registries, to not only protect people with legitimate service dogs, such as blind people, but to end this trend of everyone thinking...
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Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
Has the increase in pets on planes made travel difficult for you or family members with asthma or allergies? Have you had to change travel plans or leave a plane because of animals on your flight? Have you had an asthma attack or severe allergic reaction on a flight because of sharing a cabin with animals? If so, we encourage you to share your story with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). They are asking for public comments on pets on planes.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
Kenneth, It is not sufficient nor helpful for a person with life-threatening and severe dander-sensitive asthma and allergies to merely be moved to a different part of the plane from a dog or other animal. This is no more effective or helpful than moving to another part of a plane away from a person smoking a cigarette. Dander permeates the air and is deadly from any distance. AAFA needs to be advocating aggressively and vehement for our ADA-protected rights. We need access to dander-free...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

ScttLee ·
I agree with Dawn on the issue. While every side can claim discrimination, possible life threatening issues should come first. I do see far too many people using "emotional support" as just a way to get their pets into stores and other places. Service animals should be registered as such and businesses should be able to legally ask for registration (NOT the reason for the animal). On another note, it would be great if airlines would limit or stop crews from using perfume and other scents.
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
Thank you for this info and for helping us organize and express ourselves in this matter! I did submit my comment to them. I hope it makes a difference!
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Melissa G ·
Thank you ladies for taking the time to fill out the survey!
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

K8sMom2002 ·
Thanks for making your voice heard, AllergictoAnimals! Masks are a favorite topic on our community forums, with several brands favored by different members. Check out this discussion about using masks to help with asthma .
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

Shea ·
I agree masks just do not work to stop dander allergy. Mine is skin as well-- I break out in hives, eyes itching, and those reactions cause eosinophils (inflammatory blood cells produced in response to allergen exposure) which cause my entire allergic disease to flare up and causes vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation) and can damage organs (eosinophils surrounded my heart and caused a heart attack at age 28). My disease is one of many allergic diseases involving eosinophils and allergy,...
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

LAC ·
Thank you for your advocacy-- We need it!
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Re: Share Your Stories About Animals on Planes and How They Affect People With Asthma and Allergies

AAFA Community Services ·
@LAC - thank you for sharing your comments with us. We are continuing to work with the organizations involved to advocate for rules that allow all people with disabilities (including asthma and allergies) to be treated fairly and have equal access.
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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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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

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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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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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

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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Michelle Keen ·
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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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AAFA Meets With DOT Alongside Other Disability Advocacy Groups to Discuss Service Animal Regulations for Airlines

AAFA Community Services ·
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.
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November Asthma and Allergy Advocacy Update: School Protections and Emotional Support Animals and Epinephrine Auto-Injectors on Planes

Jenna R. ·
Welcome to your November advocacy update. I’m Jenna Riemenschneider, Director of Advocacy at the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA).
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