JetBlue Airways
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

JetBlue Airways No Longer Accepts Emotional Support Animals Aboard Its Airplanes

As a result of the final rule which was issued by the Department of Transportation of the United States — which amends the Air Carrier Access Act regulation pertaining to the transportation of service animals via airplane — emotional support animals are no longer accepted for travel by JetBlue Airways, which became effective as of Monday, January 11, 2021.

JetBlue Airways No Longer Accepts Emotional Support Animals Aboard Its Airplanes

JetBlue Airways A318-321 airplane
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Only official service dogs will be permitted for transportation aboard airplanes on flights operated by JetBlue Airways, as bona fide service dogs are specially trained to perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability.

Furthermore, JetBlue Airways will accept either a maximum of two service dogs or one large service dog per passenger in the cabin, which includes psychiatric service dogs. Customers will be required to complete an official form from the Department of Transportation — which are available at the official Internet web site of JetBlue Airways — attesting that his or her animal is a legitimate service dog; is trained and vaccinated; and will behave appropriately for the duration of the journey.

Reservations must be booked at least 48 hours prior to travel. The service dog must not be in training; and it is not permitted to occupy a seat at any time.


black dog matthew
Photograph ©2013 by Brian Cohen.

This article is late by a couple of months, I know — but better late than never, I suppose.

I have written extensively over the years pertaining to service dogs and emotional support animals in the form of articles posted here at The Gate — including:

All photographs ©2013 and ©2015 by Brian Cohen.