Pets & Animal

Emotional support animals rule for airlines is horse-sense compromise

Airline passengers, who already have plenty to worry about amid the pandemic, will soon have one less source of stress: They won’t have to share their cramped row with an “emotional support” swine, turkey, marmoset monkey or unruly dog.

Under a new rule issued last week by the Transportation Department, airlines will no longer be required to carry support animals in their cabins. It’s about time.

The rule, which goes into effect early next year, is a hard-won compromise designed to solve a sensitive problem that has plagued the industry for years. It’s also one of the few sensible last-minute regulations among a gaggle the Trump administration has issued in its waning days.