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Citing Safety Concerns, Delta Bans Pit Bulls From Cabins

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By    |   Thursday, 21 June 2018 04:06 PM

Delta Air Lines will soon ban pit bulls and "pit bull mixes" from flying in its cabins out of safety concerns under a new policy.

According to CBS News, the policy goes into effect July 10.

"These updates, which come as the peak summer travel season is underway, are the direct result of growing safety concerns following recent incidents in which several employees were bitten," Delta announced.

There have been multiple incidents of service dogs biting passengers in cabins and airline employees at airports in recent years. A high-profile incident in Atlanta in June 2017 resulted in a passenger requiring 28 stitches in his face after a support dog viciously attacked him while sitting in its owner's lap.

Delta revealed last week two of its employees were bitten by a customer's dog in Atlanta.

In January, Delta enacted a policy that tightened the rules on bringing emotional support animals in airplane cabins, citing an increase in attacks and animals soiling passenger compartments.

As for its recent policy decision, Delta said its first priority is keeping passengers and employees safe.

"The safety and security of Delta people and our customers is always our top priority," Delta COO Gil West said. "We will always review and enhance our policies and procedures to ensure that Delta remains a leader in safety."

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Out of safety concerns, Delta Air Lines will soon ban pit bulls and "pit bull mixes" from flying in its cabins under a new policy.
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