Delta Air Lines has updated its policy on emotional support and service animals. The new guidelines will allow passengers to fly with only one emotional support animal and ban all "pit bull type dogs" from being used as service or support animals. The new guidelines will take effect on July 10.
Delta said the changes were necessary due to an 84 percent increase in incidents involving service and support animals since 2016.
"The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority," said Gil West, Delta's Chief Operating Officer. "We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety."
The airline said that passengers travel with around 700 service or support animals every day and nearly 250,000 each year.
Following an increase of publicized incidents involving support animals, many airlines have updated their policies to avoid any confusion and streamline the process for people who need to fly with an animal.
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