United bars woman’s emotional support peacock from flight
By Don Sweeney
The Sacramento Bee|
Jan 31, 2018 at 9:34 AM
Dogs, cats and even pigs and miniature horses have made it into airline passenger cabins as emotional support animals in recent years.
But one airline has drawn a line in the sand when it comes to peacocks.
A woman who tried to board a United Airlines flight from Newark, N.J., recently was turned away after showing up at the airport with her emotional support peacock in tow, reported Live and Let Fly. She had offered to buy a second ticket for the bird, but the airline declined.
New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko says she bought a ticket for her peacock, Dexter, so he would have his own seat on Sunday's flight from New Jersey's Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles.
"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size," United told Fox News in a statement. "We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport."
The Jet Set, a travel talk show, posted photos of the peacock's airport visit on Facebook. "Unbelievable, this has to stop now!!" posted Steve Hofmaster in response. Other travelers jokingly said they would prefer a peacock to emotional support dogs they accused of biting other passengers.
Delta Airlines recently made headlines for tightening its rules on emotional support animals. The airline announced it will check certification papers for purported service or support animals and their owners before allowing them to board, according to Forbes. The new policy takes effect March 1.
In order to qualify, the animals must be trained as a service animal or to provide specific services in support of its owner, Forbes reported.