In Defense of Flying with an Emotional Support Animal

two beagles and an adorable child get ready to board a plane. playing in device to see if they fit in carry-on space.

Getting your dog certified as an emotional support animal seems to be the way of the future. Eventually someone will come up with a way to let airlines just charge us for a regular seat for our dogs. But for now this is the uneasy truce between dog people and the airlines. Over Christmas I flew roundtrip from New York to Chicago in a way that goes against everything airlines stand for today: I paid no extra fees and had no unnecessary paperwork despite the fact that my daughter and I flew with two beagles at our feet as Emotional Support Animals. The planes didn’t crash. The beagles didn’t unpredictably go wild. They didn’t even steal any cookies.

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5-0 on the Long Meadow: Cops bust French bulldog meetup in Prospect Park

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Dogs Can No Longer Walk into Famous Brooklyn Bar

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Brooklyn's Elusive White Squirrel Returns

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Elusive Cardinal Nest

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Atlanta's Duck Pond cracking down on geese

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Dolphin dies in Gowanus Canal despite Brooklynites cheering it on

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