Posted in Air Carrier Accesibility Act, Emotional support animals

“Her Purr is Better than Xanax.”

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last couple of years, you’re aware of the escalating controversy about people who abuse disability law by bringing animals on airplanes and calling them “emotional support animals(ESA’s).”

Because of the massive confusion over what airlines can and cannot require in these cases, the default position is for airline personnel to not ask any questions and let the parties (human and otherwise) board. The result has been an increasing public resentment over flights where animals are roaming the aisles and urinating, defecating, biting, snarling and sometimes injuring people.

I have already written several posts about this issue, and I’m not going to repeat myself here. But I wanted to invite you to read an article that focuses on people who really need those animals in order to carry on the functions of daily life.

In the unlikely event that any of the “abusers” are reading this post, this is a plea for them to stop and think about how their actions impact people who are using the law in the way it was intended.

The article is below.

http://www.ocala.com/news/20180819/value-of-emotional-support-animals

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I am an attorney with a disability, and I co-teach a class on disability law. But because laws are just words, I would like to learn and convey more of the real world of living with a disability in the 21st Century.

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