United joins rivals in dropping emotional-support animals

    CHICAGO (AP) — More and more airlines are saying “No” to emotional-support animals.

    United Airlines is the latest. United announced Friday that starting with flights in February it will no longer accept emotional-support animals.

    It will let trained service dogs fly for free in the cabin, but owners of other animals will have to pay a pet fee to put them in the cargo hold or a carrier that fits under a seat.

    Alaska, American, and Delta have announced similar changes.

    The airline moves come after the Transportation Department allowed them to crack down on the growing number of emotional-support animals on planes.


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