Albany airport welcomes emotional support animal scrutiny

WNYT Staff
Created: January 23, 2020 07:42 PM

The Federal Department of Transportation is looking to change what animals are allowed on planes.

They're talking about limiting service animals to dogs and ban or eliminate emotional support animals altogether.


Doug Myers, the public affairs director at the Albany International Airport, says the airport stands behind whatever the Department of Transportation and the airlines decide.

Myers says some of the airlines that operate there have had issues with emotional support animals causing disruptions for other passengers. He says he's heard reports of animals getting out of carriers, infringing on other passenger's personal space and incessant barking.

Myers says people can easily buy emotional support animal certificates online - which often cost less than the pet fee they'd pay the airline normally.

Across the country, NewsChannel 13 heard reports of passengers claiming birds, reptiles, and even miniature horses as emotional support animals.

Myers says they often see cats and dogs, but they have actually seen a miniature horse fly into the airport as an emotional support animal.

Myers says of course they want to make sure people who are blind or who experience seizures have their service animals, but he says it's clear some people are abusing the current emotional support animal policy.

Hear more about why Myers says the new regulations would help, by watching the video of Emily Burkhard's story.

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