AMERICAN airlines joins several others who have taken steps to limit the types of animals who can fly with them.

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American Airlines will no longer allow passengers to bring along trusty service animals like insects, prickly hedgehogs, or goats, after the airline experienced a massive jump in the number of animals travelling with the carrier.

American, citing a 40 per cent increase in animals travelling with them, will no longer allow animals including turtles, ferrets, birds of prey, insects, snakes, hedgehogs, or goats into their cabins starting with tickets booked on or after July 1.

Passengers must now submit documents for emotional support animals like dogs and cats 48-hours before flight time, showing that the animals are healthy, trained, and have been recommended by a medical care professional.  A statement from American says that they will have procedures in place for last minute travel that falls inside that 48 hours window.

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The change in procedure places American in line with several other carriers, including United, Delta, and Alaska Airlines.

United Airlines has changed their rules in recent months for comfort animals, first as a result of a passenger attempting to bring an emotional support peacock onto a cross-country flight in January.

The animal troubles continued for United Airlines in March, when a puppy died in an overhead compartment where flight attendants had told passengers to store the dog.

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