Emotional Support Animals (ESA)
Emotional Support Animals, or ESA for short, have been helping people with emotional and mental health conditions for many years. Unlike Service Dogs, the ESA doesn’t have the full access rights to restaurants, hotels, and other public places; however, the emotional support animal is allowed into the cabin of an airplane and in apartments and condos with no-pet policies.
The US government requires that the letter state your mental health disorder according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) and that you need to have the animal with you for either the flight itself or at your final destination. Thus, the licensed mental health professional must be legally able to diagnosed a mental health disorder. You are required to have follow up appointments if you wish to have yearly renewals as ESA letters expire after one year from the flight date.