Delta ban on pit bulls as support animals is rejected as feds clarify rules for all airlines
Having some dog bites occur aboard its planes doesn’t give Delta Air Lines the OK to ban a specific breed, the federal government determined Thursday.
Delta enacted a ban against “pit bull type dogs” as support animals last year following several onboard incidents. In one case, a passenger was left with a bloody face after another passenger’s dog attacked him.
But on Thursday, the federal Department of Transportation clarified the rules for airlines regarding animals traveling with passengers. The DOT said that airline employees can bar any animal they consider a safety threat. But they cannot issue a blanket ban against an entire breed of dog or cat, such as pit bulls.