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Banned From Flying (Part II)
    Although the Coronavirus is still with us, it appears to be on the decline, both in the number of new cases and reported deaths. And with the introduction of the various vaccines, airlines will begin the process of normalizing air travel. But there is a new wrinkle. There are other situations the airlines now face that warrants some travelers (or their companions) from flying. This month (rather than simply repeat what the media has reported), this section shares the opinion of the web master.

     On January 6, 2021, there was an attempt by a group of radical domestic terrorist at overthrowing the election. There is really no need to rehash the news of that event, but it is good to know that the airlines have reacted in a way that is equitable with the actions of those involved. Some news footage of some of those travelers, when they heard of the imposed ban, shows them throwing a toddler-like temper tantrum inside the terminal. What do these people expect?
     There is nothing stopping them from returning to Washinton D.C., as long as they find an alternate mode of transportation. They can certainly drive or charter a bus and plaster a big sign on the side referring to the group they represent. (It will make it easier for the local law enforcement to identify and follow.) However, finding a place to overnight when they arrive at their destination might be another issue. Hotels have the right to refuse service to undesirables, so these false patriots may have to camp out under the bridge by the river.

     On another note, there has been a second report of travelers banned by the airlines—emotional support animals. Airlines are now only allowing dogs with the proper documentation (and training) as service animals to accompany passengers. Gone are the days of people bringing on their pet pigs, peacocks, and ponies.
     If you are planning a flight and want to bring an animal with you, call the carrier and find out what their latest requirements are and what documentation you will need. Even if you are leagally blind and are flying with a seeing-eye dog, make sure you have the paperwork that qualifies your animal companion to accompany you.
     Do not simply refer to the carriers website (although a look at their contract of carriage is always advised), call the airlines and speak to one of their representa-tives regarding these rules and regulation.