Peacock pouts after United Airlines rejection

Ann Santiago
January 31, 2018

And now United Airlines is drawing media attention for telling a female passenger that she could not bring her emotional support animal onto a flight out of Newark - even though the passenger said she actually purchased a separate ticket for her companion.

And, it turns out, fake emotional support animals have been such a problem for airlines that Delta has had to be quite specific about what animals are not allowed on a flight. "We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport".

United said in a statement to Business Insider: "This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size". At Newark, the woman's ticket was refunded, and the airline even gave her cab fare back to the hotel, Laurie said.

"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".

"We are reviewing our existing policy and plan to share more soon", the spokesperson said, which means that a Delta-like crackdown is in the wings.

This much we know, thanks to a statement from United Airlines and a travel show called The Jet Set.

A woman flying United was told her emotional support peacock would not be allowed on the plane - that's right, emotional support peacock.

His owner, New York City based performance artist and photographer Ventiko says she will now be driving him across the country with her friends. And most importantly-where can I get an emotional support peacock? In response, Delta is imposing new, stricter regulations around emotional support animals beginning March 1.

Airlines are also never required to accept snakes, reptiles, rodents, ferrets, or spiders. Also in 2017, Delta employees reported increased acts of aggression, including barking, growling, lunging and biting, from service and support animals - behavior not typically seen in properly trained animals.

The owners of emotional support animals will also need to offer a document, signed by a doctor or licensed mental health professional, verifying that the creature will behave.

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