Emotional support' peacock barred from United Airlines flight

Peacock

A woman has reportedly been barred from bringing her "emotional-support peacock" on board a United States flight.

A spokeswoman for United said the peacock didn't meet health and safety guidelines, partly because of its size and weight.

United Airlines recently had to bar a woman from traveling with a very unusual pet - a peacock.

"I've actually not had a situation where we had something go terribly awry with an emotional support animal, aside from a cat. Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country!" The airline also suggested the passenger wouldn't take no for an answer: "We explained this to the customer on three separate occasion before they arrived at the airport".

According to another incident reported by CNN, a woman boarded a US Airways flight at Connecticut's Bradley International Airport last fall with an emotional support pig, which weighed an estimated 70 to 80 pounds.

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




Good for them-the emotional-support-animal-as-travel-buddy is an annoyance to other passengers, and of dubious therapeutic value, according to the relevant science.

The airline said complaints about animals biting or urinating or defecating on planes have almost doubled since 2016.

Critics of emotional support animals have been questioning the use of the animals, feeling that people are abusing the ability to have emotional support animals.

The new regulations will require passengers to show the airline documentation that proves an animal's health 48 hours before a flight. On the other hand, United Airlines stated that they had a good reason why they refused to woman.

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

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