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Should passengers be able to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums, snakes, or spiders in the cabin? What if a passenger says they need these animals for emotional support? The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday finalized new guidelines that support the efforts of U.S. airlines to crack down on abuses of the statutes that allow emotional support animals to travel in cabins. The law has been squarely on the side of those with impairments, emphasizing the duty to provide accommodations to let them take advantage of services like flying just like everyone else. Animals of all kinds have been flying for free in passenger cabins, without having to be crated and without regard for their size. Full story

11 August