ATLANTA – Delta Air Lines said it will ban service and support animals under four months old, and will also ban emotional support animals on flights longer than eight hours.

The change, effective Dec. 18, is the latest tightening of policies on service animals and emotional support animals by Atlanta-based Delta.

The airline said it has seen an 84 percent increase in incidents reported involving service and support animals in 2016 and 2017, “including urination/defecation, biting” and a mauling by a 70-pound dog.

Delta said its new policy aligns with the CDC vaccination policy, and the limit on emotional support animals “is consistent with the principles outlined in the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Air Carrier Access Act.

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