We’re working on it, Mike.
All due respect, you’ve made a couple of significant legal errors. Those dogs you’re complaining about? They are virtually all “emotional support” or “comfort” dogs. The status derives from a letter from a clinician saying that the person has an emotional condition and needs the dog to comfort or calm him or her. Yes, there’s a lot of abuse. And I don’t know why those dogs are allowed to be held in a lap during a flight.
Service dogs are different. I have had two and I’m waiting for my third to complete his training. The photo above shows me and Cormet, with the BOTEC team in DC. For a better explanation of how these dogs can help, take a look at this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUvk2ODcw6hA0OuSXU1kjl1w&v=KtRvDeMumFU
The cost to produce one of these dogs? Between $20,000 and $60,000. Most are provided by charities. My dogs are known as “balance-walker” or mobility dogs. I prefer a German Shepherd, because the dog needs to be big and strong enough to support me, and zippy enough to pull me forward when my weak left leg gives out. Cormet died young and suddenly in March– spinal stenosis. I lost my best friend and about 75% of my ability to get around. A service dog restores my full independence. Without one, I lead a constrained life. So pardon me if I take it personally when you want to relegate me to the back of the bus– or airplane. I’m sorry about allergic people, but reseating is the obvious option. And I’ve ridden city buses, sitting next to people whose clothing was so imbued with cat hair that I had watery eyes and a stuffy nose, even though I’ve never considered myself allergic.
Having taken you to task, let me say I agree with you about the problem with the ADA. When the service dog provision was written, it never occurred to the advocates that people would pass off their pets as service dogs in order to taken them into Starbucks. But they do, and those damn dogs are wreaking havoc for the legitimate service dog teams. Our carefully trained dogs have been attacked and bitten by pets whose owners thought it would be fun to costume them in a little cape and gallivant around town.
As I said, those of us who volunteer our time in this area are working hard for a solution. Perhaps you’d like to help.