Everything You Need to Know About Allegiant Emotional Support Animal Requirements
If you have an emotional support animal (ESA) and want to take them on a flight with you, there are several requirements you need to know. Unfortunately, many airlines are not required to accommodate ESAs anymore, but they will let your pets fly as long as you follow their rules.
Allegiant Airlines is one airline that's happy to transport ESAs on their flights. However, policy requires that customers with ESAs present three completed forms before boarding a flight.
DoNotPay can help you fill out these forms quickly so you can relax during your trip.
In many cases, you need to send an official ESA letter signed by a licensed mental health professional to travel with an ESA. This can take a lot of time and effort. That's why you should let DoNotPay craft the letter for you.
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What Is an Emotional Support Animal?
An emotional support animal is a pet prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness. A therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist must determine that the animal's presence is needed for the patient's mental health. For example, owning a pet might ease a person's anxiety, relieve their depression and help them focus positively in life.
Since 2019, there have been nearly 200,000 emotional support animals in the U.S. As of January 10, 2022, there are 222,314 ESAs and service animals combined.
ESAs are not considered service animals. That means ESA owners do not receive the same accommodation as service dog users. For example, ESAs are not covered under the ADA like service pets are. Public areas are not legally required to allow ESAs, and as of recently, airlines are not required to accommodate them either.
|Definition||A pet whose presence is determined to be needed for a patient’s mental health. The pet is prescribed by a licensed mental health professional to a person with a disabling mental illness.||According to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are dogs that are trained to perform tasks or do work for people with disabilities.|
|Does the assistance animal have access to public areas?||No||Yes|
|Can the assistance animal be banned or restricted when the owner is obtaining housing?||No||No|
|Will the owner of the assistance animal be charged a pet deposit for living with one?||No||No|
|Is the assistance animal allowed on flights free of charge?||No||Yes|
Allegiant Airlines and Emotional Support Animals
in the aircraft cabin. However, they require that customers present three fully completed forms to the ticket counter at least one hour before their scheduled flight.
The three documents include:
- A veterinary health form that is filled out by your veterinarian.
- A mental health professional form. Your mental health professional or a medical professional must fill out this form treating you for an emotional or mental disability.
- Animal behavior and responsibility form. The passenger must fill this out.
Here's some additional information that you need to know:
- If you meet all the requirements, you can travel with one emotional support animal.
- A letter from a mental health professional or a medical doctor treating a mental or emotional disability will be accepted instead of the Allegiant Mental Health Professional Form. The letter must identify the passenger by name and include the same or equivalent information from the mental health professional as required by the Allegiant's mental health form.
- Allegiant transports domestic dogs, cats, and miniature horses, except pit bulls and pit bull-type breeds are prohibited on Allegiant flights.
- Allegiant strongly suggests a soft-sided leak-proof carrier that fits under the seat for the carriage of emotional support animals. Passengers are allowed no more than one emotional support animal per carrier – no more than one carrier per passenger.
How to Get Your Emotional Support Animal on Allegiant Airlines on Your Own
Along with filling out the forms that Allegiant, you may also want to provide an ESA letter. The only way to prove that your pet is an ESA is through an official ESA letter signed by a licensed mental health professional. If you already have a personal mental health care provider, you can request an appointment and have them provide you with an official ESA letter. Otherwise, you can book an online appointment with a certified mental health professional and get a signed letter within a few days.
Next Steps for Getting an Emotional Support Animal on Allegiant Airlines if You Can’t Do It Yourself
Through our new Service and Emotional Support Animals solution, DoNotPay can help you with all your ESA-related concerns, including helping you with Allegiant's required forms and finding the most affordable online ESA-letter service.
Here's how DoNotPay can help:
- Search "service animal" on DoNotPay.
- Select the type of issue you need help with, including contacting your landlord about your ESA/service animal, asking your airline about ESA options, or requesting ESA/service accommodations at other venues.
- Answer a series of questions about your current situation and the details of your ESA/service animal, so we can generate the best results for you.
And that's it. Depending on your issue, DoNotPay will generate a letter to Allegiant Airlines and mail it on your behalf, contact the airline and get back to you with an answer, or send a letter to your mental health professional requesting an ESA letter.
Why Use DoNotPay to Get an Emotional Support Animal on Allegiant Airlines
Here's why you should let DoNotPay help you.
- It's fast. You won't have to spend hours locating a licensed mental health professional and days waiting for an ESA letter.
- It's easy. You don't have to struggle filling out tedious forms or keeping track of various steps to complete the process.
- It's successful. You can rest easy knowing that we'll help you find the best solution.
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