Emotional Support Peacock Denied From Flying With Owner

January 31, 2018

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Birds are meant to fly but an airline passenger who wanted to bring her emotional support peacock with her was denied boarding her flight from Newark Liberty International Airport.  According to a United spokesperson, the unidentified woman had bought a ticket for her emotional support peacock and had alerted the airline about the upcoming trip.  However United told her the peacock did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size to travel in an airplane.  According to United, they explained this to the woman three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport and untimely denied boarding.  United says they're reviewing their emotional support animal policy.  They're not the only airline to do this.  Delta recently changed their policy and as of March 1st, all passengers with service and emotional support animals must submit a veterinarian health form and immunization record, a doctor’s note, signed veterinarian health form and proof of animal training 48 hours before their scheduled flight.  While many people do benefit from emotional support animals, many people abuse the system leading to an 84% increase of ill animal behavior such as urinating, defecating, biting and attacks on flights.


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