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Elementor #671

Top 10 US Airlines Service Animal Policies

Service dogs are an important part of many people’s lives. They help us in a variety of ways, from guiding the blind to protecting us during seizures or panic attacks. If you own a service animal and fly with them, knowing which airlines have the best policies can be helpful for your next trip. 

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) requires airlines to allow service animals in the cabin with their handlers at no additional charge. There are very strict guidelines for what defines a service animal and how they should be treated while on board an airplane, which all airlines should follow. This post will cover the top 10 US airline policies regarding traveling with a service animal. 

Here is a list of the top 10 US airlines that provide their customers with information regarding traveling with service animals and are hyperlinked directly to each airline’s service animal webpage: 

1. Alaska Airlines
2. Allegiant Airlines 
3. American Airlines 
4. Delta Airlines
5. Frontier Airlines
6. 
Hawaiian Airlines
7. 
JetBlue Airways
8. 
Spirit Airlines
9 . Southwest Airlines
10 . United Airlines

Airline service animal basics. The service animal must be a dog, aged 4 months or more, and certified to be trained to benefit a qualified person with a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.  You will not be able to occupy an exit row and the dog must not extend into the aisle or other passenger’s foot space.  Airlines will require a completed DOT Service Animal Air Transportation Form for each reservation.  The service dog must behave appropriately at all times in the airport and on board the aircraft.

While still technically a domestic flight, there are strict requirements for flying into Hawaii with a service dog.  Hawaii will require a valid health certificate within 14 days prior to arrival and potentially a valid Neighbor Island Inspection Permit from the Hawaii Department of Agriculture.  It is strongly recommended that you contact the Hawaii Department of Agriculture prior to making reservations.

If you’re looking for a stress-free flying experience with your service dog, be sure to get in touch with your airline early to make any arrangements. You’ll also need to have the right documentation and prove that your service dog is certified. The FAA has been cracking down on illegitimate claims from people who want their pets treated as service animals, so it’s up to you to do everything possible before getting on the plane!

Elementor #573

What to Do When You Are Feeling Like Life Isn’t Worth Living

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1(800)273-8255 | suicidepreventionlifeline.org

If you are feeling like life isn’t worth living, know that you don’t have to feel this way. There are many things we can do when we’re in a dark place and hopeless about the future.

First, make sure to reach out for help: talk with your doctor or therapist, call a suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255), or tell someone else who cares about you how you’re feeling. Second, take care of yourself by eating healthy food and getting plenty of sleep. Third, try to be kind to yourself and others around you; self-compassion is associated with better mental health outcomes than self-criticism.

I know it’s hard to believe, but there are people out there who care about you and want to help. Life can be worth living because we as humans have a will to live. There is always something that makes us happy or brings us joy in this world – even if it’s just the simple things like going for a walk or getting a good night sleep. I hope what I’ve said here has helped you feel better and understand how much your life means to those who love you!

It’s ok to not feel good sometimes. There are a lot of things that can make you feel this way, and it’s important to be kind to yourself when these feelings arise. When you’re feeling like life isn’t worth living, there are some steps you can take right away. The first is to call your doctor for an appointment as soon as possible so they can help assess what might be going on with you. Luckily, many people don’t actually want to die from suicide and just need someone else who cares about them enough to listen before they’ll start feeling better again.

You are not in this alone. There is light at the end of the dark tunnel and there is a world better with you in it. If life seems overwhelmingly hard, remember to call 1(800)273-8255 for free, confidential help 24/7 from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline or visit suicidepreventionlifeline.org to chat online now with an expert who can help you figure out what’s going on and how they can best support your needs when talking about self harm.