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Delta Air Lines adds requirements for service animals

Responding to an increase in such incidents as animal bites, barking and defecation, Delta Air Lines has announced new requirements for passengers who want to fly with a service animal or emotional support animal.

Starting March 1, all passengers who want to fly with an animal in the cabin need to provide proof of the animal's "health or vaccinations" 48 hours in advance of the flight, plus a document signed by the passenger confirming that the animal can behave in the cabin of a plane.

The new policy is in addition to a preexisting requirement for people with psychiatric service or emotional support animals: Such passengers must bring a letter signed by a doctor or a licensed mental health professional attesting that the passenger needs to fly with the animal.

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