Delta Airlines to ban pit bulls as service animals

Also banning "bull type breeds"

Delta Air Lines recently announced a new policy to ban pit bulls as service or support animals, even with a note from your physician.

The new restrictions listed on Delta’s website states it is banning pit bulls and “bull type dogs.”

The new restrictions to the airline’s support animal policy, also includes a new limit of one emotional support animal per person.

Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by a passenger’s emotional support animal last week.

The incident happened in Atlanta, as passengers were boarding a flight to Tokyo.

The employees were medically treated on site.  The passenger with two pit bulls was removed from the flight.

Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.

The announcement has already prompted challenges from some who say the policy is discriminatory and may not be legal.

Delta released this statement:

 “The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority,” said Gil West, Chief Operating Officer said in a statement. “We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety.”

We’ve reached out to Delta for clarification on what exactly “bull type dogs” means, as well as the compliance office of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Delta’s new policy around pitbulls and “bull type breeds” goes into effect on July 10th.

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