This Woman Tried To Bring Her ‘Emotional Support Peacock’ On A United Flight And They Were Not Having It
We get it, and we’re all for support animals. They’re a fantastic way to help people cope with any mental health issues that may hinder them in stressful situations, like flying. But what was at first a dog or sometimes cat, the scope of what counts as a support animal now ranges from hedgehogs to spiders. It was only a matter of time before someone tried to board with a peacock.
That brings us to United Airlines’ most recent mention in the news, which for people who’ve have to put up with unruly “support animals” on planes, is surprisingly sympathetic.
I’m a peacock, captain. You gotta let me fly!
The Jet Set shared these images of a woman at Newark Airport with her emotional support peacock.
According to Live and Let's Fly, United denied this woman of bringing her peacock on board, after she had already arrived at the gate with it. She then offered to buy a ticket for the bird and was still denied.
In a statement from United in response to this event, they said:
"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport."
Understandable. For those of you who may not realize, peacocks can be up to 7.5 feet long (2.3 meters). Not to mention the whole peacocking thing with the feather fan (note this very scientific and professional wording), you can imagine how impractical a peacock would be on a plane.
This instance comes after Delta Airlines’ statement last week cracking down on support animal regulations, saying that the system for regulating inflight animals was too lenient, leading to “more untrained animals being brought onto planes, where they urinate, defecate, bark, growl, lunge and exhibit other behavior uncommon among companions that are properly taught.”
I don’t know about you, but to us, getting mauled by a support animal on a plane sounds more stressful than soothing.
While chances are low that Dexter the Peacock (it's his real name, you can check out his Insta) was going to maul anyone, I think it’s safe to say that keeping Dexter grounded was an FML avoided.