Travelers on a China Southern Airlines flight recently welcomed an unusual passenger in the cabin. A large brown Alaskan Malamute was filmed sitting quietly in its own seat after being allowed to travel on the flight with its disabled owner, who was said to be an emotionally vulnerable flyer. A China Southern Airlines spokesperson told Southern Metropolis Daily that the service dog was qualified as an emotional support animal and has been approved by medical professionals with the relevant certifications.
In the US, the owners of emotional support animals must provide airlines with medical proof of their disability.
'To take a service dog on a flight, passengers need to submit medical proof, after which the ground staff will help the passengers and their dogs check in, pass through security and board the flight,' said Shi Jun of China Southern Airlines in a previous Xinhua report.