Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Emotional support peacock denied entry on United flight out of Newark

He didn't fly there The peacock's owner who calls herself Ventiko later posted this selfie on the bird's Instagram page posing with her family and Dexter in Indiana Passengers wanted 'emotional support' peacock aboard flight. The idea didn't exactly take off.
| 31 January, 2018, 11:02

Delta announced new restrictions on service and emotional support animals this month. It's become impossible to tell the difference between outlandish stunts and people's support animals.

Passengers wanting to travel with an emotional support animal now have to give 48 hours' notice to the airline, have documentation from a vet that says the pet is in good health and has all the necessary immunisations in addition to a doctor's note and proof of animal training.

A spokesperson told the Associated Press his owner had been informed of this three times "before they arrived at the airport".

"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size", Hiller said in a statement sent to NorthJersey.com. Passengers traveling with animals for emotional support can be required to provide recent documentation from a mental health professional for their pets, but the documents are easily forged or obtained from websites that provide questionnaire-style "exams".

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.

Bobby Laurie, a co-host at The Jet Set, said the photos came from a passenger at the airport who saw the United customer being denied boarding. As a passenger, would you want to be seated next to a peacock, even if it was across the aisle?


"I really think that the whole emotional-support animal thing is just getting out of hand", Laurie said in an interview Tuesday afternoon.

Pictures of the woman and her big bird at the airport popped up on Facebook, and someone even recorded her arrival at the airport.

What will passengers try to board a commercial flight with next, monkeys in underwear? The turkey ... not so much. "I had a cat get loose and start running through the cabin", Laurie said.

Service animals are not limited to dogs, and include emotional support animals, but airlines have the right to make their own policies for other species, according to the DRC.

Still, change could be in the air.

Most react to emotional support animals with coos and adornment, but for Dexter the peacock, reactions were far from welcoming.

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