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Flying with a PSD

In the US, The Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA) is a federal disability rights law which is under the regulatory agency, the Dept. of Transportation. Their definition of a SD is different than that used by the Dept. of Justice (DOJ).

While the DOJ treats a Psychiatric Service Dog (PSD) the same as any other SD the DOT does not. The DOJ after facing problems with *fakers* flying their pets as a SD placed PSDs under more restrictions to fly.

A PSD can be flown with the additional restrictions:
1) The airline must be notified at least 48 hours in advance of the dog flying and 2) A recent letter (not more than one year old and on letterhead) from the handler's licensed mental health care provider must be available.

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Excerpts from
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
OFFICE OF AVIATION ENFORCEMENT AND PROCEEDINGS
WASHINGTON, DC

May 13, 2009

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions Concerning Air Travel of People with Disabilities
Under the Amended Air Carrier Access Act Regulation


#36. Must carriers accept emotional support and
psychiatric support animals in the aircraft cabin?

Answer: U.S. carriers must accept any emotional support or psychiatric service animal
in the aircraft cabin consistent with applicable safety and animal health requirements and
ensure that its foreign code share partners do the same on covered flights with respect to
passengers traveling under the U.S. carrier’s code. Foreign carriers must accept any emotional
support or psychiatric service dog in the aircraft cabin consistent with applicable safety
and animal health requirements on covered flights.

and

41. For purposes of providing documentation stating a passenger’s disability-related
need for an emotional support or psychiatric service animal, what kind of
practitioners qualify as “licensed mental health professionals”?

Answer: Any licensed mental health professional (e.g., psychiatrist, psychologist,
licensed clinical social worker) including a medical doctor who is specifically treating a
passenger’s mental or emotional disability is a practitioner qualified to provide
documentation stating the passenger’s need for an emotional support or psychiatric service
animal. A qualified practitioner would include a general practitioner who is treating the
passenger’s mental or emotional disability.


42. May a carrier require that the documentation a passenger provides in order to travel
with an animal that is used as an emotional support or psychiatric service animal
state the passenger’s specific mental or emotional condition?
Answer: No. A carrier may only require that a passenger’s documentation confirm that a
passenger has a mental or emotional disability recognized in the Diagnostic and Statistical
Manual of Mental Disorders- Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), in addition to three other items
(i.e., the passenger needs the animal for air travel and/or activity at the passenger’s
destination, the individual providing the assessment is a licensed mental health
professional and that passenger is under his/her care, the date and type of mental health
professional’s license and the state or other jurisdiction in which it was issued).


43. May a carrier accept documentation from a licensed mental health professional
concerning a passenger’s need for a psychiatric or emotional support animal if the
documentation is more than one year old?
Answer: Carriers may, at their discretion, accept from the passenger with a disability
documentation from his or her licensed mental health professional that is more than one
year old. We encourage carriers to consider accepting “outdated” documentation in
situations where such passenger provides a letter or notice of cancellation or other written
communication indicating the cessation of health insurance coverage, and his/her inability
to afford treatment for his or her mental or emotional disability.

To read in full
http://airconsumer.dot.gov/rules/FAQ_5_13_09.pdf

TJ aka Theresa A. Jennings
Pyro vom Wildhaus aka Kaleb ~S.T.A.R.~
Family Companion, Non-Profit Mascot, In-Home Service Dog


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