International Association of
Assistance Dog Partners
Air Travel with an Assistance Dog
IAADP has developed this section to enable disabled persons who want to travel with a guide, hearing or service dog to become more familiar with the U.S. Government's rules and policies governing the transportation of service animals in the plane cabin. In addition to providing a link to relevant government documents, we feature an interesting article, The Real Scoop, for those taking their first flight and those who want the latest available information governing a team's interactions with security screeners, gate agents and flight attendants.
The Real Scoop by Professor Dakota [June 2003]
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U.S. Department of Transportation [May 2008] Guidance on Air Travel w/Service Animals
These are the Rules you need to know if flying with an assistance dog! We suggest every traveler with an assistance dog or one in training or an emotional support animal read this to learn about documentation requirements, your rights, responsibilities and the airline's rights and responsibilities.
May 2009 DOT's FAQ on Amendments to the ACAA in May 2008
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Provides clarification on a number of Service Animal Issues, such as the new documentation required for all assistance dogs on flights over eight hours; documentation required 48 hrs. in advance for passengers with psychiatric service animals and emotional support animals, equipment for service animals & food v. luggage limits.
Non Discrimination on the Basis of Disability in Air Travel 14 CFR 382
- Definition of a qualified person with a Disability Definition of a qualified person with a Disability - CFR 382.5
- Priority Seating for Assistance Dog Teams - CFR 382.37(c); 382.38.3
- Important Section on Service Animal Transportion - CFR 382.55
- Many other rights and responsibilities you may not know about - Scan CFR 382
* NOTE: See documents to follow for major amendments in 2008
New Rules on Service Animals in DOT's 2008 Amendment to Air Carrier Access Act
ACAA Final Rule amending CFR 382, issued May 2008
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300 pages - covers foreign air carriers responsibilities towards disabled passengers, other subjects. Excerpts of regulatory changes pertaining to service animals in next document, only eleven pages.
Important Changes in 2008 ACAA Amendments pertaining to Service Animals
Prepared by IAADP to spare you from reading 300 pages to find out the changes in the Final Rule
Screening Information for Passengers with Disabilities
Linked from TSA (U.S. Transportation Security Administration) website
Screening an Assistance Dog with a Disabled Passenger
Linked from TSA website for air travel in the United States
New Guidance On Air Travel to the UK 
New Guidance On Air Travel to the UK ( article from Partners Forum by Joan Froling that details the some important points for owner trainers and others who wish to travel with an assistance dog to the UK in the plane cabin. Discusses DOT's new 2007 guidance document below )Linked with permission from Department of Transportation Legal Department
** In May 2009, the new Guidance document issued in May 2008 will make this one totally obsolete
"Guidance Concerning the Carriage of Service Animals in Air Transportation from the United States to the United Kingdom", which explains the rights and responsibilities of persons with disabilities, as well as U.S. and foreign carriers, in transporting service animals into the United Kingdom (U.K.), was released in late February (72 Fed. Reg. 8268 (February 26, 2007)). An accessible version is available on the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT's) website at http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/rules/UKServiceAnimalGuidance.doc. If you have any questions about the document or any other matter, please contact the DOT Disability Hotline at 1-800-778-4838 (voice) or 1-800-455-9880 (TTY).Department of Transportation May 2003 Guidance on Air Travel with Service Animals
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