Animals on planes – we want to hear your stories!

Hi everyone,

One of AAFA's top priority advocacy issues for the past two years is the issue of the rising numbers of animals  on planes and trains. Animal dander can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.  Lately, there has been a surge of emotional support animals allowed on planes, and many of them are falsely "certified" by their human owners.  This not only puts people with asthma and allergies at risk, but  also people with other legitimate medical needs for service animals. 

We have submitted letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation, the media and others on this issue. 

We want to hear from you about your experiences with flying in the U.S. 

  • Have you been accommodated by airlines?
  • Have you been seated next to an emotional support animal?
  • Have you had to change your travel plans because of animals?
  • Have you had an asthma attack or allergic reaction on flight, and suspected it was triggered by animals?

Please send us an email with your travel story to .  We want to know the issues people are facing and also want to identify people who may be willing to share their story publicly with the media, airlines or other stakeholders.

Thank you,


Comments 2

  • Shea

    I will not risk going on an airplane because they have many animals on them and there is no way to secure a flight without being exposed to a significant amount of dander. I get rashes on contact with dander, asthma attack, and it triggers a severe immune disease involving my heart, skin, lungs, and vasculitis. 

    If the airlines offered pet-free flights I would be on them. Especially if they had wipable seats, and took ckeaning precautions like wiping the plane out and  running a Hyla air cleaner before the flight. It would be best to have some planes that were dedicated as "clean air" planes and did not allow pets or service animals on them.

  • K8sMom2002

    Adding an update for anyone who may be following this topic … 

    AAFA has posted easy-to-follow instructions on how we can register our comments with the US Department of Transportation about how !

    Have you commented yet?? Comment period ends July 9!