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ARTICLE: Will you really have to sit next a pig on a plane?


New air travel rules could mean that pot-bellied pigs, miniature horses and monkeys could all be allowed to travel on planes as service animals.

The Department of Transportation has unique authority when it comes to authorizing who may be a passenger. Contrary to the tenor of the headline, special service animals do provide benefit and support to people with critical illnesses or conditions. These animals are trained to identify when their human companions experience problems that the animals are able to detect before the situation reaches critical status.

DOT’s proposed rules acknowledge that there are a number of considerations, which may limit or preclude the service animal from being permitted on board, but it is possible that sometime in the future you may be seated next to a pot-bellied pig or a rhesus monkey in 12B.

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