American Changes Its Policy: You No Longer Need to Choose Between Your Pet or Rollaboard

by Anthony Losanno
Service Dog

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People love to travel with their four-legged friends, but they often try to game the system by saying that their dogs are service animals. This became even more pervasive when American Airlines limited people to bringing a personal item on board and having to choose between a pet carrier and a rollaboard. Now, the airline has revised its policy to allow the pet carrier and carry-on luggage that can go in the overhead bins.

Carry On Pet American

View from the Wing first called out this recent change. It still requires pet owners to pay the $150 fee to bring a pet carrier on board, but it no longer restricts rollaboards for these passengers. I think that people will still game the system. This policy is more equitable for those that follow the rules, but I imagine that we’ll still see lots of little dogs in their “service vests” boarding freely so that their owners can save some cash.

Anthony’s Take: The service animal phenomenon has died down a bit over the past few years. People are not pushing it with pigs, horses, peacocks, and other exotic animals, but there are still lots of questionable pets boarding planes under the guise of them having an official purpose. We’ll see what this policy does, if anything.

(Featured Image Credit: Alexander Shapovalov.)

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Mak March 29, 2024 - 9:16 am

This is good, but I want to be able to buy a seat for my dog, like any other member of my family.

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