Delta Airlines Emotional Support Animal Policy and Requirements

If you are proposing to travel with Delta Airlines Emotional Support Animal (ESA) you need to follow some requirements and rules. There is still no additional fee for traveling with an ESA like many other airlines. However, in Delta Airlines they require 3 additional forms to be filled and submitted written by a mental health specialist and a veterinarian.

Delta suggests booking your flight early so that they can meet all the basic requirements that the owner and his supporting animal must need.

In-Cabin Requirements by Delta Airlines 

While traveling in the cabin of Delta Airlines, your emotional support animal will not be able to fill a seat that is reserved for the human passengers. Rather, your supporting animal will have to sit on the floor or your lap. The animal should also be trained to behave well and not create a disruption or disturbance to other passengers around it.

Required Documentation for Delta Airlines Emotional Support Animals

The ESA letter that must not be written more than 12 months ago, will be required to submit this letter to the ticket agent for Delta Airlines upon checking in, that must include;

  • Passengers’ mental health specialist/doctor’s license number, title, address, the authority of practice or where the license was issued, phone number and signature
  • An Individual’s mental health condition must meet the requirements in the 4th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual.
  • The ESA must be on board the flight for either accommodation of the flight itself and/or for your destination.

Delta Airlines will also take an initialed or stamped digital letter from your mental health specialist as long as the information can be verified through an email address or telephone number. They also highly recommend having the mental health professional’s license number for this option. Some areas of London and Manchester may require additional processing and handling fees upon arrival with your ESA.

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Additional Delta Airlines Emotional Support Animal Documents

Delta airline after updating their policies require complete 3 additional forms (New Delta Airlines Forms) to travel with an emotional support animal. Completed documents are required at least 48 hours or more before travel. Their documents include;

Veterinary Health Form-This form must be completed by your veterinarian and must have the following information:

  • Date of Rabies Vaccine.
  • Date of Distemper Vaccine.
  • Veterinarian’s license number, date license was issued, state license was issued, and signature
  • Mental Health Professional Form – This form must be completed by a mental health professional and must have the following information:
  • Therapist’s license number, date license was issued, state license was issued, and signature
  • Confirmation of Animal Training – You will fill out this form and confirm your animal’s training.
  • Your confirmation that your animal has been trained and can behave well in public.
  • Acknowledgment Form.

ESA’s Delta Airlines Does NOT Accept 

Even with proper documentation, there are several animals that Delta Airlines refuse to accept into the cabin of the airplane. These include;

  • Dirty animals or those that smell.
  • Animals with hooves or tusks.
  • Hedgehogs.
  • Snakes.
  • Spiders.
  • Rodents.
  • Ferrets.
  • Insects.
  • Sugar Gliders.
  • Reptiles.
  • Non-household birds like farm fowl, birds of prey, etc.
  • Pit bull type dogs.

Mostly Delta Airlines does not have any problem with an emotional support animal, just to be sure to follow their procedures, book ahead, and don’t try to bring an animal that is already on their “no-fly” ESA list to avoid the hassle.

ESA’s and Delta Airlines helps you get an Emotional Support Animal Letter, register your pet as a certified emotional support animal, and never part with it. The certificate helps save air travel fees and pet deposits on a house rental.

Taking your emotional support animal with you on a vacation or other travel purposes should not be a traumatic journey. Delta Airlines is more than happy to serve you and your ESA, just be sure to follow their guidelines and policies both for pre-flight and in-cabin protocols.

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