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US seeks to tighten rules covering service animals on planes

In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Oscar the cat sits in his carry-on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs could qualify. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
In this Sept. 20, 2017 file photo, Oscar the cat sits in his carry-on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. Airlines might soon be able to turn away cats, rabbits and all animals other than dogs that passengers try to bring with them in the cabin. The U.S. Transportation Department on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, announced plans to tighten rules around service animals. The biggest change would be that only dogs could qualify. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)(GIM)
Published: Jan. 22, 2020 at 12:28 PM EST
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The days of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles and birds on planes as service animals could be ending.

The Transportation Department on Wednesday announced plans to change the rules regarding the animals.

The biggest change would be that only dogs could qualify.

Airlines have complained that some passengers are abusing rules that let them bring other animals on board by saying they need the animal for emotional support.

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