Unlike the Fair Employment and Housing Act, California travel laws follow the (ACAA) ESA guidelines except for the public transportation laws. An ESA letter from a mental health professional is required before you can legally fly with an Emotional Support Animal. The law applies whether you’re flying within the United States or flying out of the country.
The ESA letter should indicate the passenger’s mental health condition and how the animal will offer emotional support. In most cases, this letter should explain the ESA’s role on the plane journey and the activity at the destination.
Specific rules for Emotional Support Animals have been passed to avoid inconveniences and mishappenings at the airport. More often, if an ESA cannot fit on your lap or at your feet, the animal can’t take up a seat, and should, therefore, travel on the cabin. The animal can also stay in the passengers’ section if they are well-behaved – meaning no growling, biting, lunging, or incessant barking.
Squirrels, skunks, and other reptiles are often not allowed in the plane. Most airlines will also be strict about ESA birds such as chickens, and you would want to inquire about this with the airline company 48 hours before getting ready for a flight.