The partial list of animals that Alaska claims to "pose safety and/or public health concerns" is below:
- Sugar gliders
Those sure are a lot of strange animals to take on an airplane! Alaska's revamped policy comes as commercial airlines have been experiencing a huge surge in emotional support animals boarding flights. A survey by the industry group Airlines for America found that airlines carried 751,000 support pets last year, which is an 80% increase from 2016.
Alaska reminds in its policy page that service animals are only intended for people with health problems, such as those who are "blind or have low vision, are deaf or hard of hearing, have diabetes, seizures, mobility limitations or other needs."
Airlines clamping down on increasingly bizarre animals on planes shouldn't come as much of a surprise. Especially when people will try to sneak even the most ghastly and downright horrible creatures onto an aircraft.