The Americans with Disabilities Act protects your rights to legally travel with your service animal in the cabin of a passenger airline. These animals are trained to assist people with visual impairments, deafness or hearing impairments, diabetes, seizures, mobility limitations or other needs. Each airline has special rules and regulations that cover service animals. If you're traveling overseas, the destination country's rules govern your ability to bring your service animal into the country. Many countries outside the U.S. do not recognize legal rights to be accompanied by a service animal. Our resources menu has basic information on the most popular destinations.
Emotional support and psychiatric service animals assist people with emotional, psychiatric, cognitive or psychological disabilities. These animals are not protected under the ADA. Airlines reserve the right to refuse space to any emotional support animal. Documents signed by your physician are often required.
Helpful links to service and support animal policies:
Many U.S. airports now have Service Animal Relief Areas which passengers traveling with service and emotional support animals may use during layovers. Walter M. Woolf, VMD, Air Animal's founder and CEO, was a member of the National Academy of Sciences work group reviewing how SARAs function across the United States. Before your flight, check your departure, layover and arrival airport website for information.
Pet passports are documents that officially record information related to a specific animal. They are used by citizens of EU countries to simplify travel and transport of animals. The Cayman Islands now have pet passports as well.
Cruise lines make accommodations for guests traveling with trained service animals. They have strict service animal guidelines which generally ban emotional support animals. Service animals may not be permitted to leave the ship at ports of call outside the U.S. unless the import requirements of the country are followed. Our resources menu has basic information on the most popular destinations. A health certificate and import documents will likely be required.