Christopher Elliott reports in USA Today:
"Federal regulations are permissive when it comes to 'emotional support' animals, and protective of pets' rights."
Yet animals, including service ones, which fly with their pet parents are stirring up a hornet's nest of controversy. For example, Elliott recounts the situation in which the service dog in First Class did number-two. Likely he was nervous. Supposedly the stench took over the entire plane.
However, as we pet parents know, that doesn't have to happen. Personnel on the plane could have been prepared for that possibility. They could have had top-grade number-two remover - the content, spotting and lingering smell in the floor material. In addition, they could have had on-hand powerful odor remover. Within about seven minutes it would have been as if the event never had happened.
Many of us have been to intimate dinner parties at which Fido demonstrated his jealousy by doing number-two. Quickly that problems was addressed and taken care of. The reaction was to giggle.
Airlines, which frequently charge a premium price for animal companions to travel, have to assign a few dog and cat whispers to make the skies friendly for both two- and four-footers.