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United Airlines Denies Passenger's Request to Bring 'Emotional Support Peacock' on Flight

United Airlines Denies Passenger's Request to Bring 'Emotional Support Peacock' on Flight

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

Some Twitter users supported the United passenger's attempt to bring the peacock onto her flight, while others were outraged.

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".

The airline also noted that passengers are required to provide proper documentation from a medical professional at least 48 hours in advance of boarding that specifies the passenger's need for an animal.

Performance artist Ventiko had attempted to bring her emotional support animal, Dexter, onto the United Airlines plane - even trying to buy a second seat for the bird.

Huge emotional support peacock not allowed on flight
United says no to emotional support peacock

Photos of the big blue bird were first shared on the Facebook page of The Jet Set TV Show.

While the woman offered to pay for the peacock's ticket, the blog said, United would not let the animal onto the flight.

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

WHAT?! We're discussing emotional support animals on an upcoming episode! In response, Delta is imposing new, stricter regulations around emotional support animals beginning March 1.

According to Live and Let's Fly, the woman said the peacock was an emotional-support animal, allowed to fly for free.

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. The airline said it saw an 84% increase since 2016 in incidents involving animals that were not properly trained, which included urination, defecation, and attacks on passengers and crew members. From a business perspective, it is better to have 99% of the passengers happy with you than face any negative criticism over one passenger who may feel slighted by the decision, even if that decision goes viral.

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