I have a lot of thoughts about emotional support animals. Richard and Minou are both emotional support animals. And not like the ones who got some fake pass from some scam site, but real doctor’s note emotional support animals. It allows them to live with me no matter where I live and come with me when I travel. In my opinion, all pets (within reason) should be considered emotional support animals. Richard flies with me, sometimes on Delta, as an emotional support dog. But, I’m also aware of Richard’s behavioral issues. I know that if he were sitting in my lap and a flight attendant reached across me to help another passenger, he may snap at them. So, as a responsible owner, I keep him in his carrier during the flight. He feels safer and the people sitting next to me don’t have to worry about getting bit by a protective chihuahua. It’s up to the owners to know their dog’s behavior and be aware of situations their dog may not be suited for. It’s not about the breed. Rich is a 5lb chihuahua that I personally don’t believe should be out of his carrier during a flight because of his behavior, but that doesn’t mean every chihuahua needs to be kept in their carrier during flights. The dog that attacked a man on a @delta flight last year was reportedly a chocolate lab pointer mix, but I haven’t seen any Labrador retrievers banned from being an emotional support animal on Delta flights. Banning all pitbulls as emotional support dogs shows Delta’s ignorance of what is causing these incidents on their flights. As the number of emotional support animals flying rises, airlines need to improve how they train their staff to handle these situations. A large dog, like the one who attacked the man on Delta’s flight, should’ve never been squeezed into a middle seat. But also, owners need to be more aware of their dog’s behavior and the situations that can make their dog’s stressed and how their dog reacts to stress. Too often we blame the dog, most commonly blaming pitbulls, for situations caused by irresponsible humans.