Atlanta, GA—Yesterday Delta Airlines formally banned the use of emotional support humans for both domestic and international flights, making it the last major carrier in the U.S. to do so.
The rule change comes after a growing movement that has for the past several years pointed to alleged abuse by passengers who would bring humans onto their flights claiming the need for emotional support.
Many praise the new rules. Frodo LaFontaine, a Labrador Retriever from Wisconsin, was part of the campaign to have the rules reversed.
“This is a really big victory for everyone. There are plenty of animals that are allergic to humans, but a whole bunch more who just don’t feel safe around them. There were even incidents of humans being aggressive toward young animals. Nobody wants to be the bad guy and tell the human to back off, so a ban was really the right thing to do.”
Some say the ruling hurts those who actually need an emotional support human when they travel. Fluffy Masterson, a tabby from Orlando, FL, says the new rules go too far and hurt animals like herself.
“I struggle with PTSD,” she told a reporter. “After an incident with a cucumber, I need to bring a human with me on flights to feel safe. Otherwise, I just don’t go. Now I’m stuck at home.”
Masterson didn’t go into further detail about the cucumber incident beyond saying, “I just turned around, and… it was there.”
Opinions are divided on whether it’s worth the inconvenience to people who say they legitimately need emotional support humans, but LaFontaine says time will vindicate his campaign’s view.
“In 10 years, animals will have enjoyed all this time without having their flight experiences disrupted by the presence of humans. This may be controversial now, but it won’t be long before pretty much everyone sees the benefits outweigh the downsides.”