Others fretted about soiled cabins.
“It is unfair to those of us who have paid for a ticket to suffer through sitting next to a barking dog or an animals that pees or poops next to my seat (don’t even get me started about “comfort snakes” — you would have a true incident on board if I discovered one of those on my flight!!),” wrote Melissa Martzloff.
Some wrote in to defend their need for an emotional-support animal. Darren Melamed said a ban on well-behaved emotional-support animals “will be devastating to my emotional well being when Traveling.”
“I do believe that there are bad actors out there,” Melamed said. “No, a peacock does not belong on a plane. However, a well trained dog should be protected.”
United denied a passenger’s emotional-support peacock from boarding a transcontinental flight earlier this year.
Susan Swanson of San Francisco suggested airlines make an announcement if a service animal will be on board and allow passengers with allergies who don’t want to fly with it in the cabin to be rebooked on another flight “or forever hold their peace.”
“How about having consideration for us?!?,” wrote Gary Ulinskas, who his wife is allergic to cats.
“Hotels have ‘pet free’ rooms for people with allergies to animal dander, why can’t airlines have ‘pet free’ (at least in the passenger cabin) flights? Hope you folks are serious about this. Thanks for listening.”
The Department of Transportation is still collecting comments here.
Source : CNBC