'Emotional support' peacock banned from United flight

'Emotional support' peacock banned from United flight

'Emotional support' peacock banned from United flight

A woman who tried to take her peacock on a United States flight was told at the airport she couldn't travel with her emotional support bird on health and safety grounds.

A spokeswoman for United said the peacock didn't meet health and safety guidelines, partly because of its size and weight. Dexter is a rescue pet who belongs to Brooklyn-based artist Ventiko, who documents the lovely bird's life on Instagram. The talk show, which plans to air a segment soon on service animals, also says the passenger was turned down in her attempt to board the aircraft despite having bought a separate ticket for the animal.

These days, it's not uncommon to see a dog or cat at the airport, however, spotting a peacock at the ticket counter is.

The event had at first been reported by Live and Let's Fly blog, who claimed that the woman offered to pay for a second seat for the bird.

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The woman explained that the peacock gives her 'emotional support'.

Under traditional aviation laws, the only service animals allowed on flights are dogs - although a turkey was permitted on a Delta Air Lines flight in 2016.

Airlines must allow support animals in the cabin, although they can require owners to present a letter from a doctor or other medical provider who can vouch that the human traveler is helped by having the animal there. The new rules will come into effect on 1 March.

Their client's necessity for an emotional support animal is clearly understood by the traveling companies.

"The rise in serious incidents involving animals in flight leads us to believe that the lack of regulation in both health and training screening for these animals is creating unsafe conditions across USA air travel", said John Laughter, Delta's senior vice president for safety, security and compliance. The DOT recommends that airlines evaluate other unusual service animals on a case-by-case basis based on factors such as "the animal's size, weight, state and foreign country restrictions, and whether or not the animal would pose a direct threat to the health or safety of others, or cause a fundamental adjustment (significant disruption in the cabin service)".

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