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Emotional Support Animal Airline Policies

Department of Transportation's (DOT) final rule regarding emotional support animals (ESAs) has provided US-based commercial airlines the discretion to update their policies regarding flying with your emotional support animal. However, a select few non-US-based commercial airlines that fly within the United States continue to recognize and accept emotional support animals for travel. Please find your airline, their most recent policy, and effective dates below:

Air Canada:

Air Canada continues to recognize and accept emotional support dogs on flights within Canada and to/from the United States with a valid emotional support animal letter and their three required forms:

  1. Animal Behavior Form
  2. Mental Health Form
  3. Veterinary Form

Dogs Only

Allegiant Air:

Effective January 11, 2021 Allegiant Air no longer reserves flights with emotional support animals. Flights reserved with an approved ESA prior to January 11, 2021 will be allowed to fly with their emotional support animal through April 30, 2021.

American Airlines:

Effective January 11, 2021 American Airlines no longer reserves flights with emotional support animals. Flights with pre-approved ESAs may continue to fly with their ESA through January 31, 2021.

Alaskan Airlines:

Alaskan Airlines has discontinued flight reservations with an emotional support animal effective January 11, 2021. Flights reserved with an ESA prior to the effective date may fly with their ESA through February 28, 2021. No ESAs will be transported starting March 01, 2021.

Delta Airlines:

Beginning January 11, 2021, Delta Airline no longer accepts flight reservations with an emotional support animal. However, they will honor reservations with your ESA provided they were scheduled before January 11, 2021.

Frontier Airlines:

Frontier Airlines is allowing emotional support animals to fly with their handlers through January 31, 2021 provided their ESA and flight reservation was scheduled prior to their new policy that will no longer accept emotional support animals, effective January 11, 2021.

Hawaiian Airlines:

Effective January 11, 2021 Hawaiian Airlines no longer accepts flight reservations for emotional support animals.

Jetblue:

If you booked your flight priority to JetBlue's new emotional support animal policy, you may continue to fly with your emotional support through February 28, 2021. However, JetBlue will no longer book flights with an ESA effective January 11, 2021.

Southwest Airlines:

Effective February 28, 2021, Southwest Airlines will discontinue the acceptance of emotional support animals on their flights.

Spirit Airlines:

Effective January 11, 2021 Spirit Airlines no longer accepts new reservations for travel with an emotional support animal. If you have a returning flight that was booked with your emotional support animal prior to January 11, 2021, Spirit Airlines will honor that reservation.

United Airlines:

United Airlines will continue to transport emotional support animals through February 28, 2021 if your reservation was made before January 11, 2021. After January 11, 2021, United Airlines will no accept ESA flight reservations.

WestJet:

WestJet continues to recognize and accept emotional support dogs for flights within Canada, as well as to and from the United States.