Delta bans service animals on long flights

If you travel on Delta Air Lines (DAL), there will be fewer animals as your fellow passengers.

The second-largest airline in the U.S. is updating its policies on service and emotional support animals on flights. Starting Dec. 18, 2018 – right before peak holiday travel – service and support animals under four months old are not allowed on any flight, Delta announced Monday.

The rule is stricter next year. Effective Feb. 1, 2019, emotional support animals can’t board flights longer than eight hours.

Most domestic flights are less than eight hours, so passengers flying with service animals internationally are more likely to be affected. 

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Tigerair Australia was recently named the cheapest airline in the world in a report by travel search company Rome2rio, with flights costing on average $0.06 per km (US).

Source: Rome2Rio 

Business Insider looked at what it's like to fly with the low-cost domestic airline that serves 13 destinations in the country.

Tigerair was once branded Australia's 'worst airline' but since it was bought by Virgin Australia Group in 2014, Rome2rio says the airline seems to have 'turned its fortunes around.'

Rome2rio said said in its report: "Following years of bad press (it was voted Australia’s worst airline three years in a row), it was bought by Virgin in 2014 who seem to have turned its fortunes around. It’s not often we say this, but sometimes cheapest can be best!"

You'll be welcomed aboard by its smiling fight attendants, if the airline's Instagram is anything to go by.
The cabin crew look pretty glamorous for a budget airline.

You'll just as often find suits commuting to business meetings on a Tigerair flight as you will sandal-wearing holiday-goers — as well as the odd local celebrity.

Above, Today Show hosts Richard Wilkins and Karl Stefanovic pose with cabin crew onboard a Sydney-bound flight.

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Melbourne Storm rugby players have been spotted travelling with the airline, too.

And by the looks of things, passengers have even been known to serenade the entire aircraft.

Tigerair said it recently installed slimline leather seats on its fleet which have adjustable headrests, additional storage pockets, and built-in tablet/phone holders.
It has also introduced a new 'Tigerbites' food market-inspired winter menu, that includes snacks such as a hot mac and cheese bake, bitesize chicken and chips, and a cinnabun for those with a sweet tooth...
...As well as Onyx espresso martinis (not pictured).
The crew definitely like a selfie.

So if you're ever in the country and looking for a cheap internal flight, you may want to give the carrier a go.

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Delta said its decision stemmed from an 84% increase in reported incidents involving service and support animals from 2016 to 2017 on its flights. Incidents include a support dog that attacked a man who ended up needing 28 stitches last year, as well as biting and urination.  Currently, the airline carries 700 service animals daily, or 250,000 every year.

This is the third time this year that Delta Air Lines has tightened its policy on service animals. In January, it announced new procedures and updated requirements for customers traveling with service and support animals. It also prohibited all “pit bull-type dogs” as service or support animals in June as “the direct result of growing safety concerns following recent incidents in which several employees were bitten.”

The airline says its policy is in line with CDC vaccination requirements and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), which states airlines may exclude animals that “pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others” or “cause a significant disruption of cabin service.” But the Department of Transportation has questioned its previous policy, saying “a limitation based exclusively on breed of the service animal is not allowed under the Department’s Air Carrier Access Act regulation” in a statement.

Airlines have been tightening policies on emotional-support animals allowed to fly with passengers, including untrained pets to unusual species. United Airlines updated its rules after a woman tried to bring a peacock with her on a flight. American Airlines requires passengers to notify the carrier about a comfort animal 48 hours before a flight, and have a letter stating the need for the animal. 

Krystal Hu covers technology and trade for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter

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