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With vaccines become increasingly available, many Americans are looking to start traveling again this year, including those with pets. However, multiple airlines announced a ban on emotional support animals earlier this year. In response, the personal finance website Value Penguin conducted a survey to examine American consumers’ reactions to the new restrictions and feelings about travel with animals.

According to the findings, 56 percent of Americans would rather sit next to an animal on a plan rather than a baby or toddler. Almost half (48 percent) said they feel happy when they see an animal onboard, and 10 percent said that animals help reduce their anxiety about flying.

Some flyers, though, aren’t as okay with animals onboard. Eleven percent of respondents said they are annoyed by animals, 10 percent feel anxious due to a fear of certain animals, and nine percent get sick because of an allergy. What’s more, nearly 40 percent of survey participants said they have even been on a flight where there was an issue related to an emotional support animal. 

The survey also found that about 19 percent of Americans—including 26 percent of millennials—have gotten their pet certified as an emotional support animal to get them on a plane. Of those who attempted to do so, 90 percent were successful.

Even though many Americans enjoy seeing pets on board, 34 percent of survey respondents said they support airline bans on emotional support animals, and one-third say they’re even more likely to fly with an airline that doesn’t allow emotional support animals.

Despite these bans, many pet owners still want to travel with their furry companions. In fact, 80 percent said they’re willing to pay to ensure their pet can fly with them in the cabin, rather than in cargo. One in five would pay $300 or more, which is slightly more expensive than the average cost of a seat.