A dog named Jazzy waits in line with Delta Air Lines passengers at a ticket counter in Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 8, 2016. The airline announced new rules Jan. 19, 2018, dealing with animals flying with passengers as service or emotional-support animals.

Delta’s new emotional support animal policy takes effect

Delta Air Lines’ new tighter restrictions on emotional support animals and service animals takes effect Thursday.

Atlanta-based Delta put in place the new policy effective March 1 after a passenger on one of its planes was attacked by a 70-pound emotional support dog last year. It also comes amid a rise in incidents involving animals in flights and a lack of certain regulations “creating unsafe conditions across U.S. air travel,” according to Delta.

Here’s how Delta describes its new policy:

Delta said it carries about 700 service or support animals each day, but not all of them are the real thing, as people try to fly everything from pigs to turkeys.

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