Delta Airlines announced on Wednesday that "pit bull-type dogs" used as service animals or animals with emotional support will no longer be allowed to join their owners, according to Business Insider.
The new restrictions on the airline's pet policy, which also includes a new limit of one emotional support animal per customer, will come into effect on July 10, Business Insider says.
The announcement comes after several incidents involving defecation or urination of animals on delta flights and complaints due to delta flight involving companions to be bitten by pit bulls. Delta reports that such incidents have increased by 84 percent since June 2016. Last June, Delta said a passenger had been dumped into a window seat by another passenger's 70-pound pit bull and needed 28 stitches on his face. 19659002] "The safety of Delta employees and our customers has always been our top priority," said Gil West, Chief Operating Officer. "We will always review and improve our policies and procedures to ensure Delta remains a leader in security."
Official animals are trained to help people with disabilities, such as blindness or hearing loss, while pets are accompanied by emotional support. Health professionals have identified benefits of a person with a disability. Both types of animals fly freely on delta.
The airline requires passengers to submit fully completed documents to the trained veterinary service 48 hours prior to departure. The documentation must not be older than one year and contain the attestation of a psychiatric doctor indicating the need for animal support on the flight. According to Business Insider, the animal's vaccination protocols must also be recorded.
"During the boarding process for Delta Flight 295 from Atlanta to Narita, two employees were bitten by a customer's emotional support animal," Delta told Business Insider in a statement. "An employee was treated locally and the customer and the animal were removed from the flight, and the safety of our customers and employees is a top priority."
The animal referred to in the statement was a pit bull Delta confirmed later.
The company had already on its heels changed its animal welfare policy in March the dog of a passenger who dies in a United Airline luggage compartment
But the new rules that prevent pit bulls from being considered as service or emotional support animals, Some pet owners have rubbed in the wrong direction. Some have defended themselves in the social media.