Delta Air Lines has announced a new update to its pet policy, banning “pit bull type” service and support dogs.
Delta Air Lines has said “pit bull type” dogs are no longer welcome as service or emotional support animals in the cabin on its domestic flights.
The airline says its new ban is in response to “growing safety concerns” after several employees and fellow passengers were bitten.
Figuring out exactly which dogs fall under the policy could be a challenge.
“Pit bull type” dogs is a somewhat subjective term that can refer to several breeds that share similar physical characteristics.
Some service dog organisations and disability advocates have criticised the move, saying that the ban breaks federal laws.
“When Delta or anyone puts out a regulation like this that dictates what kind of dog can be a service dog, they are reducing access for someone with a disability,” said Regina Lizik of the Animal Farm Foundation in New York, which trains shelter dogs.
The new policy, which is set to go into effect 10th July, also limits passengers to one service or support animal per flight.
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American Airlines Increasing Domestic Service for the Summer
Like the rest of the United States, American Airlines is ready for the summer.
As the demand for air travel slowly rises, American is bringing back suspended routes, offering double AAdvantage miles, reopening Admirals Club lounges and offering enhanced cleaning protocols.
American is planning to fly 55 percent of its domestic schedule and nearly 20 percent of its international schedule in July as compared to the same period last year, totaling around 40 percent of the airline’s systemwide capacity compared to July 2019.
Demand has started to rebound, as the carrier reported it flew a daily average of about 110,000 customers per day in May, which is an increase of 71 percent over the approximately 32,000 passengers it transported daily in April.
“We’re seeing a slow but steady rise in domestic demand. After a careful review of data, we’ve built a July schedule to match,” American Senior Vice President Vasu Raja said in a statement. “Our July schedule includes the smallest year-over-year capacity reduction since March. We’ll continue to look for prudent opportunities to restore service so our customers can travel whenever and wherever they are ready.”
Starting on June 22, American will begin reopening Admirals Club lounges around the country with pre-packaged snack offerings and a full-service bar for customers to enjoy complimentary beverages.
As for the airline’s commitment to health and safety guidelines, American will utilize enhanced cleaning measures, enforce social distancing protocols and provide limited food and beverage offerings.
The carrier is also allowing customers to book with confidence, as American announced it would waive change fees for customers purchasing tickets by June 30. Travelers are allowed to change their origin and destination cities as part of this offer, but must pay any fare difference.
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