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United says no to emotional support peacock

United says no to emotional support peacock

Dexter arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport last week alongside his owner, a Brooklyn artist named Ventiko, ready to jet set to Los Angeles.

A woman tried (unsuccessfully) to bring a peacock onto a United flight recently, reportedly claiming that it was an emotional support animal, which would allow the animal to fly for free.

"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size", United Airlines told Fox News in a statement.

The incident follows Delta Air Lines' announcement that it would impose tighter regulations for passengers who attempt to travel with service or emotional-support animals. Their most recent post, posted earlier today, was taken in Miami, Oklahoma. As a passenger, would you want to be seated next to a peacock, even if it was across the aisle?




"In order to ensure we provide the best service to everyone onboard our flights, consistent with government rules we now require these customers to provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours advance notice".

Others suggested that needing an emotional support peacock in the first place was a sign of deeper issues.

United told Fox News that the woman knew ahead of time the peacock was not allowed on the flight, but she showed up with the bird anyway. Other "unusual animals" (with the exception of snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders, which are not permitted due to safety and/or public health concerns) may be accepted as an emotional support animal on a case-by-case basis. Why are there so many animals in the skies and at airports? "Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs".

Effective March 1, Delta will require passengers traveling with service or support animals to show proof of good health and up-to-date immunizations with 48 hours notice, according to a statement. The airline said it had seen an 84% increase since 2016 in incidents involving improperly trained animals, including urination, defecation, and attacks on passengers and crew members. "We agree with Delta's efforts and will continue to support the rights of customers, from veterans to people with disabilities, with legitimate needs".

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