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Delta Bans ‘Pit Bull Type’ Dogs As Service Animals

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It’s also emotional support animals to one per customer.

Delta said it will no longer accept “pit bull type” dogs as service or support animals as of July 10.

It’s also introducing a limit of one emotional support animal per customer per flight.

“The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority,” said Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer. “We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety.”

In a press release, Delta said the changes follow an 84 percent increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals since 2016, including urination/defecation, biting and a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog.

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Delta carries about700 service or support animals daily — nearly 250,000 annually.

Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, spiders and more, according to the release.

“Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs,” the company stated.

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