The Rights of Pet Allergy Sufferers when Traveling on Airplanes

This is an interesting article on travelers who are allergic to pets and their rights to comfort when traveling in the cabin of an airplane. Click here to see the article . The author makes a good point about passenger rights when it comes to animals not traveling in a carrier such as service animals or emotional support animals.

The article did not mention the concessions that Air Canada has made for folks that are allergic to pets. This airline address the issue at the time of reservations, not when the aircraft is ready for take off. Air Canada will ban dogs or cats on planes without HEPA filters when a passenger with an allergy to dogs or cats is on board. If the dog is a service animal, priority will be given to the first reservation made. On planes with HEPA filters, a five row buffer zone between a pet and the passenger with allergies will be established in the aircraft.

With the increase of animals traveling in the cabin, those who cannot be exposed to pet allergens should work with the airlines at the time of reservation to ensure they are not seated in close proximity to animals. This is an issue that may surface over time as the airlines try to accommodate those passengers on both sides of the fence.


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The Rights of Pet Allergy Sufferers when Traveling on Airplanes — 158 Comments

  1. H Wms – your inquiry should be directed to the agency that performs security clearances at the airport. In the US, this is the TSA and you can find more information on the processes they follow with screening here and there is also contact information for them: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/special-procedures. In the US, you can apply for TSA pre-screening, but this does not apply to your luggage. Perhaps the TSA can offer a solution.
    Susan

  2. I found dog hair on my clothes and suitcases after an extended trip where I flew to multiple locations. I was extremely sick during the entire trip. Coughing, sneezing, using my emergency inhaler in everyone of the hotel rooms. Keep in mind, I washed my clothes at every stop after disinfecting the washer and dryer because I don’t want to fly with dirty laundry. After I returned home I had a severe allergic reaction and discovered dog hair all over my clothes and suitcases. I “believe” it may have come from the dogs that sniff your luggage for illegal substances.
    Does anyone know a way around this. I am willing to take my luggage to the airport days in advance and sit there while they search each article, rejecting anything they deem questionable. I just can’t go thru another 5 week travel session as sick as I was on the last one. Any help is appreciated.

  3. Rudy – this issue is in a state of flux currently. Because they are protected by the American with Disabilities Act, service animals must be accepted at businesses in the US unless conditions are not appropriate for animals. The Department of Transportation is currently reviewing comments on specifications for emotional support animals and the resulting legislation will likely allow air carriers to be more restrictive in the definition of an emotional support animal and in their policies to accept them. As for hotels, they certainly should be responsible to provide for people with allergies and many will use special vaccuums to clean rooms and also restrict animals to certain rooms. If they cannot provide this assurance, then you may want to consider other hotels.
    Susan

  4. Hello – I am wondering if there is a group of liked minded people who are seriously allergic to pets airlines and hotels. Some hotels claim to be free of pets but allow service dogs. Recently, I have observed no blind people using services animals – but an increase in pets that declared as emotional comfort animal. These animals have no special training. They can be declared by as an emotional comfort animal by almost any health care professional. Real service animals have to have special training. The airlines and hotels can stop this abuse of people who are with allergies and asthma. Remember, the cigarette ban. My question is do we have a group who can lobby for us. Please answer. Thank you. Rudy

  5. Yes! I love animals, BUT I have a severe asthmatic reaction to them! Not only can I not fly due to animals on board, but I also have a hard time finding hotels that don’t allow animals in rooms. I think that the disabilities act totally ignores those of us that are disabled due to life threatening allergies.

  6. It seems that allergy sufferers should have a fur free flight option. I cant breathe, carry an inhaler for those allergic moments with the prescription attached. Is there the question asked, are you allergic to furry animals?

  7. Fantastic web site. A lot of useful info here. I am sending it to some friends ans also sharing in delicious. And certainly, thanks for your effort!

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