Now here’s a topic I can sink my teeth into… Sorry no pun intended.
There are few interesting connections here and it’s a very sensitive subject with me.
First: Please understand that there are different “types” of service animals however, if they do not meet the ADA guidelines they are not considered to be working service animals.
Please read here: https://www.ada.gov/service_animals_2010.htm
That being said, I live in Broward County, Florida and in Miami Dade County any pit bull “type” of dog (Amstaff, Staff Terrier, Bull Terrier) or mix breeds are illegal and the reason I say that is because some individuals are creating these fake service animal web sites and charging people $75.00-$150.00 for a “certificate, ID card, a vest” anointing the dog as a “service animal” and that owner (who coincidentally got his Masters Degree online) are taking these animals into public places and there have been instances where the dog bit someone, urinated, and or defecated somewhere and the owners believe they are not liable.
I apologize for the diatribe, but to my point. Certified service animals are not only assessed for temperament, behavior, but undergo rigorous, thorough training. Its almost like what police departments do with their K-9’s. These certified service animals don’t lunge at people or dogs, if they did they would not have passed the training. They are trained to remain calm, they are trained that their job is to concentrate on their owner, and know the visual and even sometimes energy cues that are stressing their handler and to react accordingly.
These people who are trying to “pass off” their dogs as service animals is an absolute atrocity and is a slap in the face for those who are truly in need and have a certified service animal.
It’s a shame that it’s happening, I can understand Delta’s position, but I believe what they should do is if you buy a ticket and have a legit service animal you should have to provide the paperwork prior to purchasing the ticket and perhaps they may want to go as far as if they do have service animal on board, a strategically placed designated seat for the passenger and his companion.
Again, sorry for being loquacious. I am a huge animal lover and dog rescuer.