Delta Airlines Requirements
On March 1, 2018, Delta Air Lines’ new enhanced requirements for traveling with service or support animals went into effect. As a graduate of the Guide Dog Foundation or America’s VetDogs, your dogs are considered “trained service animals,” and you will be asked to adhere to the trained service animals requirements as outlined below. According to David Martin, the Disability Manager at Delta, service dogs for PTSD are to be considered in the trained service animal category along with guide dogs, hearing dogs, etc., and not the psychological service animal category.
Mr. Martin goes on to explain: “A person with PTSD who has a service dog that is trained to perform tasks to mitigate the effects of PTSD would be presenting a trained service animal for travel on Delta and would only need evidence of animal health, either provided in advance of the passenger’s travel or brought with them to be provided upon request at the airport.”
If asked by TSA or an airline representative, “What service does your animal provide for you?” the answer should be focused on the trained behaviors/tasks the animal provides to the individual with a disability. Behaviors/tasks examples include opening a door, guiding around obstacles, turning lights on and off, performing nightmare interruption, alerting a handler for hearing work, etc.
Once you arrive at an airport, you may check in anywhere you like (curbside, kiosk, counter). However, you should carry your dog’s current health record as well as your ID card that includes the IGDF and ADI accrediting body logos for our dually accredited programs. Although it is not a requirement, having your ID card with the dual logos may facilitate a smoother transition through security.
*These requirements only apply to USA. When flying to other countries graduates should always check with airline requirements.
Below please find the “trained service animal” flying requirements.
Trained Service Animal
- Trained service animals receive training to assist those who are blind or have low vision, deafness or hard of hearing, diabetes, seizures, mobility limitations, or other needs.
- If you are traveling with a trained service animal, in some cases you may be asked to show the animal’s Veterinary Health Form and/or an immunization record or other proof that the animal's vaccinations are current within one year of the travel date
While not required, customers are encouraged to upload this documentation to My Trips through the Accessibility Service Request Form.