Can Psychiatric Service Dogs Fly On Airplanes?

Yes. The Department of Transportation protects service animals. Service animals and psychiatric service dogs are still safeguarded under federal law and are allowed to travel free of charge and in the cabin with their handlers. Under the 2021 amendment, only ESAs were excluded from travel protections. DOT defines service animals as:

“A dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability”

Service animals differ from ESAs in that they are specifically trained to perform disability-related tasks.

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