Published: Wed, January 31, 2018
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Huge emotional support peacock not allowed on flight

Huge emotional support peacock not allowed on flight

The Jet Set, a travel-focused television show based in Washington, posted the photo on Facebook of the resplendent blue and green bird, saying that the "emotional support peacock" had been denied boarding on a flight at Newark International Airport.

"We know that some customers require an emotional support animal to assist them through their journey", it said. It was reported the woman later offered to buy a seat for the peacock, but United refused her request.

Only one kind of bird went in the air at Newark Airport this week, after an airline did not allow a passenger to bring her "support" peacock on a flight with her.

Let's not even get into the bird droppings situation.

The airline also said it requires passengers to "provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours' advance notice" before bringing an emotional-support animal onto a flight.

"We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport", the spokeswoman said in a statement Tuesday.


And in case you think this couldn't possibly be legit, video of the passenger entering the airport with the peacock was also shared by The Jet Set, sent into the travel-themed talk show by Sherri Ross. Passengers who attempt to travel with emotional support animals will need to present a signed letter from a doctor or mental professional, as well as a signed document that states the animal can behave properly during a flight.

Airline representatives and disability support advocates met in 2016 to establish guidelines for passengers who wish to bring their therapy animals on their flights.

In announcing its new policy, Delta noted that some passengers' emotional support animals were creatures like turkeys, gliding possums, snakes and spiders.

WHAT?! We're discussing emotional support animals on an upcoming episode!

The woman said she bought an extra ticket for the peacock but it was not allowed on the United Airlines plane.

Last summer, a man was hospitalized from bite wounds after another passenger's 70-pound dog attacked him while boarding a Delta flight. But WestJet is a whole other story.

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