Target: Facilitator of the Advisory Committee on Accessible Air Transportation (ACCESS Advisory Committee), Richard W. Parker
Goal: Prevent airlines from restricting the types of therapy animals allowed on planes.
Airlines are looking to restrict the type of animals that can be classified as service animals on planes. They want to do this so that they can reduce costs and increase the comfort of passengers. Airlines also want to tighten restrictions on what documentation is acceptable to prove that a service animal is required. However, these restrictions put unnecessary stress on people who rely on their service animals.
Most people only think of dogs when they think of service animals, but many different kinds of animals are used to support people with emotional and psychological conditions. Emotional support animals help people who have a variety of issues like severe anxiety and PTSD. These problems are often not as visible as other disorders; leading some to callously disregard their needs. In some cases, the animal can alleviate anxiety that would make it difficult or impossible for the person to fly.
People who need service animals should not have to worry about being separated from their pets because they are not the typical service animal species. Many people have had their service animal for years, so they are now part of their family. These people should not have to select a new kind of animal or worry about being separated from their beloved animal because of unfair airlines restrictions.
The government should work to make life easier for people with conditions, but these restrictions will make life harder. Sign this petition to urge the ACCESS Advisory Committee not to make life more difficult for people with conditions by not allowing them to fly with their service animal.
Dear Mr. Parker,
Service animals should not be restricted by animal type on airlines and people with conditions should not have to do more paperwork to prove that their condition permits them to have access to their service animal. These kinds of limits further the notion that emotional and psychological conditions are not important enough problems to require a comfort animal. Just because a problem is hard to see, doesn’t mean that it is not serious.
The government should work to protect people with conditions, but these restrictions will make life harder for them simply to save the airlines money and hassle. You have the authority to protect people from the interests of airlines. Please use your authority to make life easier for people who need service animals.
[Your Name Here]
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