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

AAFA Community Services ·
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 who have to be on planes with emotional support animals have equal rights.
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Family Removed from Plane After Boy’s Allergic Reaction to Dog

AAFA Community Services ·
Be kind. Be nice. That is the message that a father with terminal cancer gives when he and his family are removed from a plane after his young son has an allergic reaction to a dog.
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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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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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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

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

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

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

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: 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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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

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

805Native ·
Me too, been unable to fly from the west coast to the east coast since I had a terrible allergy/asthma attack on a plane flight in 2011. The attack was triggered by a dog (dander) in the cabin that was near the on board restroom I has to use.
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Re: Air Cleaners: What You Need to Know

lori1022 ·
This is why companies of a business for mass people I have said like hotels Uber Lyft Taxi Planes This is example about Uber's (Btw nothing against this guy so don't every want these people to get introubke and Amit not just them it's tooons of people, there needs to be law for boundary about air and containimant air in public spaces aka place of business) These places are not pet stores. This puppy is sooooo cute and sweet but that is why it is ignored But I see and cannot filter my Uber...
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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

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

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: 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

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: 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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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: 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

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: AAFA Applauds DOT Warning About Denial of Preboarding to Family With Food Allergies

Dawn Graziano ·
Thank you for this news. We must hold the airlines responsible for or safety and rights while traveling. I also have suffered from acute asthma since birth. I can no longer travel by air and have lost all rights due to the allowance of ESA on flights. I understand the rights of American with disabilities and the need for service animals This is a totally different issue. The last time I was on a flight, I heard a meow coming from a womans shoulder bag. She had a cat that was not seen. I can...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

805Native ·
I contacted Amtrak through their website with an electronic message option in October 2018. I received no reply when I inquired about how they are accommodating passengers with dog/cat allergies and allergy induced asthma. It appears that the travel industry as a whole is putting profits before public health and safety. Also, I don't understand why the travel industry is not subject to make accommodations for a breathing disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act. I had an allergic...
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Re: AAFA Addresses Amtrak's New "Pets on Trains" Policy

LAC ·
I haven't been able to fly since 2011. I contacted the ACLU and they declined to take on the issue of pets being allowed on planes and trains without even the ADA standards in place to protect those of us with dander-sensitive asthma and allergies. It is very unjust how profits are being put before life and death health issues.
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Re: Not sick - and plan to keep it that way!

Martha Anne ·
Agreed, but I am afraid to take planes or long distance buses where the air circulates and also are you concerned about getting the flu virus from just touching the seat of your plane or using a pubic restroom, even if you have on a mask?
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AG ·
I have asthma but it is well controlled with medication. My 4 year old son also has mild asthma that is typically aggravated by colds. He is too young for control medications at least based on his pattern of symptoms. He uses a nebulizer when he is sick. We are traveling in a few weeks and I am very concerned about him. I am trying not to be paranoid but, it is hard when so little is known. He is 4 so handwashing is a constant battle. I feel like I should put a mask on him at least on the...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Lorene ·
Hi @AG - I don't blame you for being concerned for your little one. According to the CDC, there is no evidence that children are more susceptible to the virus. In fact, most confirmed cases reported from China have been in adults. The CDC says "Children and their family members should engage in usual preventive actions to prevent the spread of respiratory infections, including covering coughs, cleaning hands often with soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer, and staying up to date on...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Ronl ·
How old is your child? Both of my children displayed symptoms of asthma around age 2. They were both put on preventative medication. This was not easy to accomplish as the newer standards require them to be older then 4. If they are around that age group I would suggest getting very involved with their pediatrician. Simple cases of bronchiolitis had my children staying in children’s hospital for days. (Each visit was to the tune of 24k, for them to supply oxygen) This was extremely...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

AG ·
He is 4.5. He has had bronchiolitis multiple times. He has never been hospitalized but each bout seems to get a little worse. It also seems to take him longer to recover. Often when I’ve taken him in to the doctor, although he has a lot of mucus, there’s no wheezing. I was rushed to the hospital multiple times as a child with blue lips. This is one of my biggest fears with him. Thankfully we have never experienced this. I’ve been on prednisone many times in the past with respiratory...
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Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19): What People With Asthma Need to Know

Ronl ·
I wouldn’t worry too much he may be at risk but if he has not been hospitalized for it before it may not make thing much worse then if he had no history. I would invest in a pulse oximeter though, they are surprisingly inexpensive. They can make sure he is getting enough oxygen and cut down on unnecessary visits to the doctor.
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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: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Hilary H ·
I agree that in terms of disabilities, those that are life-threatening are more serious than, per se, anxiety while flying. I am a tremendously anxious flyer so I empathize greatly with people who'd prefer to fly with their pets for comfort. However, the fact that an animal's hair could literally kill one of the millions of Americans with severe allergic asthma should mean animals on flights should be restricted as much as possible. Service pets for people who are blind or have...
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Re: Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

Dawn Graziano ·
Thank you Hilary for your comments, understanding and support. As you noted, it is done in other countries so this is not an unreasonable request and can be managed.
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Re: What People With Asthma Need to Know About Face Masks During the COVID-19 Pandemic

BenR ·
@LoriC try talking to the stores managers before hand call . Perhaps they can open the store early for you or shop for you . Unfortunately it’s policy and essential employees are trying to protect their health . Also other patrons are trying to do the same . At my job we had passengers who knew they were waiting on a pending Covid test and still got on a plane anyway without a mask . Every situation is not going to be perfect or to your liking but many are in the same boat as you .
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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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Emotional Support Animals on Planes: AAFA Submits Comment to the DOT

AAFA Community Services ·
Update: On Dec. 2, 2020, the Department of Transportation (DOT) posted their final rule on “ Traveling by Air with Service Animals .” The rule will allow airlines to treat emotional support animals as pets. The DOT acknowledged AAFA’s comments. They said they felt the rule will likely reduce the number of uncrated animals on planes, so that would reduce the number of potential allergic reactions and asthma episodes. AAFA expressed support for the core proposal. But we are disappointed that...
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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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Re: DOT Proposes New Rules for Animals on Planes

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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