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Student Says Spirit Airlines Told Her To Flush Her Emotional Support Hamster

By Mark Pygas

Last month, United Airlines made headlines after denying one woman's request to bring her emotional support peacock on a flight leaving Newark Liberty International Airport.  

In January, Delta airlines announced that they'd be toughening their rules when it comes to emotional support animals. Delta says that since 2016, there has been an 84% increase in animal incidents on Delta planes, ranging from urinating to biting.  

From March 1, Delta will require that all those flying with an emotional support animal submit a veterinarian health form and immunization record at least two days before departure. A doctor’s note, signed veterinarian health form and proof of animal training will be required at the boarding gate, and certain exotic animals will no longer be allowed in the cabin of Delta planes.