Delta has revamped their comfort animal policy, and pit bull owners are not happy.
If you own a pit bull, you know just how kind, loving, and gentle your dog can be. Unfortunately, the rest of the world doesn’t seem to see it that way, and Delta’s latest policy is making it even harder for their kindness to shine through.
Delta Airlines recently changed their policy when it comes to service, support, and “comfort” animals on their aircrafts. Instead of allowing pit bulls as emotional support dogs, the airline is now prohibiting all “pit bull type dogs” from boarding their planes. Delta didn’t provide a list of breeds that are under this category, so if you own a Rottweiler or Doberman you’ll have to check with the airline before trying to fly.
Delta says the new rules are the result of a 2017 incident where a passenger was bitten by an emotional support dog in a passenger seat. The airline says that the new changes will be implemented on July 10th.
“The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority,” said Gil West, Delta’s chief operating officer. “We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety.”
Evidently, this isn’t the first time that pit bulls have come under fire from the airline industry. American Airlines has also banned pit bulls, as well as several other "snub-nosed” dog breeds, because of the breathing issues that they may suffer from if crated, especially for long periods of time.
Matt Bershadker, CEO of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, issued a statement following Delta’s pit bull ban stating that the ban is helping to perpetuate "false and life-threatening stereotypes" regarding the breed. He asked for everyone to consider pit bulls on a dog-by-dog basis, much as they should consider people.
The ban also goes against the spirit of the Americans with Disabilities Act which doesn’t discriminate on what dog breeds can be beneficial or be used as support animals. Experts expect the rule to be challenged in court as a result.