A woman’s emotional support peacock was denied boarding on a United Airlines flight leaving Newark Liberty International Airport this week. According to Live and Let Fly, even though the woman had purchased a ticket for the peacock to have its own seat, the airline denied her request.
“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,” United Airlines said in their statement. “We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”
Comments on social media ranged from support of the woman’s desire to bring her bird aboard to condemnation of United Airlines for denying the woman her support pet. All this “flies” on the “tail feathers” of the recent announcement from Delta Airlines, who has since cracked down on emotional support and service animals on their flights. The new rules begin on March 1 and are meant to curb the abuse of rude animal behaviors such as urinating, defecating and attacking passengers on flights.
The updated flight rules state passengers flying with emotional support or psychiatric service animals will need within 48 hours of departure to submit a veterinarian health form and immunization record of the animal. In addition, passengers must supply a doctor’s note as well as proof the animal is trained. No exotic animals will be allowed aboard; such as ferrets, insects, goats or animals with tusks or hooves.
United is also revisiting their animal policies and will be making announcements as to changes in their policies in the near future.
Check out the video:
Now we've got video! Check out The #Peacock arriving at #NewarkAirport before it was denied boarding on #United. (This video was sent to us by Sherri Ross!)
Posted by The Jet Set on Tuesday, January 30, 2018
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