Can a peacock fly? Not on United Airlines

Ashley Carr
January 31, 2018

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

A woman at Newark Liberty International Airport was not allowed to board a United flight last week with her "emotional support" peacock.

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", United said in a statement to Fox News.

The airline also said that 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.

This unidentified traveler brought her absolutely enormous "emotional-support" peacock to the airport, claiming that the majestic bird had his own ticket for a United Airlines flight, according to a report from Fox News.

This much we know, thanks to a statement from United Airlines and a travel show called The Jet Set. She even offered to pay for a second seat for the bird, but was denied.

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Delta Air Lines recently introduced regulations to prevent passengers from bringing untrained animals onto flights.

United said its current policy on emotional support animals is under review.

Beginning March 1, the airline will require passengers with service animals to submit paperwork two full days before flying.

United announced that they are considering a similar policy, telling Fox News that they are reevaluating their existing policy on emotional support animals. As the woman was stowing her belongings, it's reported the pig defecated on the floor of the plane and then began to howl.

Meanwhile here at home, Air Canada will only allow dogs to board as recognized emotional support or psychiatric service animals.

Delta issued its crackdown after a passenger's 70-pound support dog bit another customer in the face.

Airlines are also never required to accept snakes, reptiles, rodents, ferrets, or spiders.

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