10 Jul 2013

Air NZ says dogs had right to be in cabin

9:36 pm on 10 July 2013

Air New Zealand says two dogs were allowed to sit at their celebrity owners' feet during a long-haul flight because they were psychiatric service animals.

The French bulldogs belong to British television host Steven Jones and his model girlfriend who were on a flight from Los Angeles to London last week.

Air New Zealand says the dogs were allowed in the cabin under US Department of Transport rules.

The airline says any passenger seeking to be accompanied by a psychiatric service dog must provide documentation from a licensed mental health professional.

Air New Zealand says the policy only applies on flights to and from the United States.