Flying with Comfort Animals
People often experience calm when petting a dog or a cat, so it should come as no surprise that animals are now being used in the mental health field as a form of treatment.
Most airlines address these types of animals in their travel guidelines as comfort animals. Comfort animals can include:
Rules and regulations regarding comfort animals vary slightly from airline to airline. While some will treat the animals exactly as they would a service animal, there may be more obstacles if you do not exhibit a physical disability.
In general, you will be required to provide:
- Documentation from a medical professional stating the purpose of the animal, including what benefit you receive from the relationship with the animal (the letter may only be valid for a certain time)
- Proof that the medical professional is licensed
- Proof that you are still receiving care from the medical professional
- Health/rabies/identification documents for the animal