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FILE – In this Monday, Nov. 23, 2020, file photo, people are found sporting face masks to shield versus COVID-19 when using on a Southwest Airways flight from Norfolk, Va., making its landing solution into Baltimore-Washington Worldwide Thurgood Marshall Airport, in Glen Burnie, Md. On Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020, the airline warned nearly 7,000 staff members that they could shed their jobs except if labor unions settle for concessions to assistance Southwest cope with a sharp fall in journey throughout the pandemic. (AP Photograph/Julio Cortez, File)

DALLAS — Southwest Airlines announced Monday that, beginning March 1, psychological help animals would no for a longer period be allowed on Southwest flights.

The airline said only experienced assistance canines would be recognized, in accordance to a release.

The transfer arrives after the U.S. Division of Transportation updated their procedures to allow for airways to ban any animal other than canine formally skilled to assist men and women with bodily or psychological disabilities.

Other companies these as United Airlines and American Airways have also introduced equivalent bans soon after the DOT announced the plan improvements.

Southwest mentioned consumers devoid of qualified support canine can nevertheless deliver their cats and canine on to flights with their current animals plan, for a charge.

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