Artist and her emotional support peacock were denied entry on flight

Artist and her emotional support peacock were denied entry on flight”

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. Apparently, you can't bring your emotional support peacock either.

According to Fox News, a spokesperson for United Airlines said Ventiko was told three times before arriving that the animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, specifically weight and size.

Since that meeting took place, airlines have been reevaluating their policies on bringing emotional support animals on board flights.

Photos of the peacock were posted on Facebook by the travel talk show Jet Set.

The woman reportedly claimed that the peacock was an emotional support animal - which would allow the animal to fly for free.

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And now United Airlines is drawing media attention for telling a female passenger that she could not bring her emotional support animal onto a flight out of Newark - even though the passenger said she actually purchased a separate ticket for her companion.

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

Beginning March 1, the airline will require passengers with service animals to submit paperwork two full days before flying. The airline denied her, saying the animal did not fit its guidelines for support animals.

Last summer, a man was hospitalized from bite wounds after another passenger's 70-pound dog attacked him while boarding a Delta flight.

Meanwhile here at home, Air Canada will only allow dogs to board as recognized emotional support or psychiatric service animals. And in October 2016, Daniel, an emotional support duck, flew from Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., according to the Washington Post. Other "unusual animals" (with the exception of snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents and spiders, which are not permitted due to safety and/or public health concerns) may be accepted as an emotional support animal on a case-by-case basis.

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