United says no to emotional support peacock


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

The passenger was trying to bring a large peacock in all its glory onto a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport and had even bought a second seat to accommodate the bird's massive, colorful plumage, according to the airline blog Live and Let's Fly earlier this week.

It may sound freaky to bring a peacock on a plane, but give the woman credit for persistence: She reportedly tried several times to get the bird on board and even offered to buy a separate ticket for it, but airline employees nixed every request, according to the travel blog Live and Let Fly.

Photos of the big blue bird were first shared on the Facebook page of The Jet Set TV Show. It wasn't so long ago that a writer for the New Yorker performed a stunt with several animals as a way of demonstrating the ridiculous extremes we've come to when it comes to accommodating support animals. "We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before she arrived at the airport".

United told Fox it also is re-evaluating its support animal policies. Customers are required to provide documentation from a medical professional.

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As an aside, we reckon you'd have trouble trying to board a flight from Australia with a peacock.

In his experience, the pigs were fairly well behaved. "I had a cat get loose and start running through the cabin", Laurie said.

Still, change could be in the air.

Current policies at United say that trained service and emotional support animals must sit in front of a passenger's seat without obstructing the aisle.