The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing whether to finalize a proposed rule that would reduce the number of animals flying in the passenger compartment of airplanes.

The feds should do it.

Passengers have been abusing the exception for emotional-support animals, bringing on untrained critters, everything from pigs to snakes, and claiming they need them to reduce their flying anxiety.

What is more likely is they are trying to avoid the fees — running $100 or more each way — to check these pets in as cargo.

There are some animals, mostly dogs, that are trained to help the blind or those dealing with a significant mental disorder or physical illness. Those animals belong on board. The rest should keep the luggage company.

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