Their slogan might encourage their clientele to ‘keep climbing,’ but it seems Delta Airline's promotional slogan only applies to a certain ‘type’ of passenger.
Support pets continue to lose support from the airlines. Following recent rule realignments by United, Delta and Alaska as to what types of animals are allowed in the cabin, and what requirements must be met, these airlines have overhauled their pet policies. So much so, that this week Delta announced a new ban they've just put in place regarding to a certain type of dog. Their new ruling now bans "pit pulls" altogether. According the airline officials, pit pulls no longer qualify as ‘service’ or ’support’ animals, even if the owners present a note from their veterinarians.
Growing Safety Concerns
Delta said the latest policy changes are due to “growing safety concerns” after two employees were bitten by pit bulls on flights recently.
The Delta employees were medically treated on the airplane after the altercations, and the airline requested the passenger with the two pit bulls be removed from the flight immediately.
Delta said when the new policy takes effect it will no longer accept “pit bull type dogs” as service or support animals.
This radical change in policy is already receiving pushback. It’s prompted challenges from other passengers who say the policy is discriminatory and may not be legal.
In response 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.”
Several news outlets have reached out to Delta and the American with Disabilities organization for clarification as to the translation of “pit bull type dogs.”
This new Deltat policy goes into effect on July 10th.
So what do you think readers? Are you pro-pit-bull or do you think this is truly a safety issue? Comment below and let us know your thoughts?