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Air Canada apologizes after Alberta soldier with PTSD charged for service dog

Sgt. Shirley Jew, an Alberta soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder, says she's disappointed Air Canada wouldn't allow her dog Snoopy on board a plane as a service animal.
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January 14, 2014 - 5:01 AM

EDMONTON - An Alberta soldier with post-traumatic stress disorder says she's disappointed Air Canada wouldn't allow her dog on board a plane as a service animal.

Sgt. Shirley Jew says the airline told her PTSD isn't recognized as a disability that requires a service dog.

She says staff told her she'd have to travel with her dog as a pet — for a $50 fee.

Instead, Jew rebooked her Edmonton to Toronto flight with WestJet, which didn't have a problem with the dog and let it on free of charge.

Air Canada has apologized in a statement, calling the matter a misunderstanding.

It says it allows trained service animals for customers with disabilities, if they are confirmed by a doctor's note.

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