Traveling With Pets: Emotional Support or Sham?

Marty Griffin: Should dogs be allowed on planes?

Marty Griffin and Wendy Bell
March 15, 2018 - 12:34 pm


More and more people are flying with pets they call necessary for emotional support.  Thanks to a federal law, emotional support animals are allowed to board a flight at no extra charge. They can sit on the floor at their owner’s feet, or in their laps, if they are small enough. Not everyone is happy about that, including KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin who said, "When you put your pet on a plane, you're jeopardizing your pet."

Passengers need only tell the airline they have a sleep disorder, anxiety or stress and that they need their dog for emotional support. There are many people who are abusing the system who, in turn, are making it more difficult for others to bring their service dogs with them.

Not only do people have to deal with pets on planes, KDKA Radio's Marty Griffin is intrigued by what many listeners are witnessing at stores that are pet friendly.