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Southwest Airlines Now Allow Small Horses On Flights As Service Animals

Southwest airline has announced a new change in their rules regarding service animals.

Miniature horses are now welcome on board the plane given that they’re trained and are a  classified service animal which help individuals with their needs.

The airline says “service animals must be trained to behave in a public setting and must be under the control of the handler at all times.”

Although the airline have been lenient with allowing miniature horses on board, there are still some guidelines that must be followed.  According to guidance from the Americans with Disabilities Act, they must be under 86 centimeters (34 inches) tall and 99 pounds.

Southwest airlines also announced they are now limiting emotional support animals allowed on board to just dogs and cats and will allow one per passenger. They also added that all emotional support animals must remain in a carrier or on a leash at all times.  

Passengers wanting to be assisted by an animal would need to present a letter from a medical doctor or licenced medical health professional on the day of departure.

Changes will come into effect on September 17th.

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Many airlines have started to tighten security on the types of animals allowed on board due to growing concerns about exotic pets that could be a safety risk to passengers.

There are also complaints of people falsely claiming animals as emotional support pets to avoid paying.  

Rival Delta Air Lines made changes earlier on this year and put into action stricter requirements for passengers travelling with service and emotional support animals.

Alaska Airlines has also introduced new rules.