Woman’s emotional support peacock kicked off United flight
NEWARK, N.J. — Delta isn’t the only airline cracking down on emotional support animals.
A woman at Newark Liberty International Airport recently brought her peacock along on a United Airlines flight, according to Time.
The passenger claimed she bought an extra ticket so that her emotional support bird would have a seat, but United Airlines did not allow the bird to board the plane.
Earlier this month, Delta made headlines when they announced an update to their service and support animal policy, based on their report that “animal-related incidents” such as urinating, biting, and aggression have increased by 84 percent since 2016. The airline’s latest rules require passengers with emotional support animals to prove that they have been well-trained and fully vaccinated.
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. The passenger must also provide the United Accessibility Desk the appropriate documentation and at least 48-hours advance notice before the scheduled flight.
Whether or not the United passenger followed all of the necessary steps to bring her emotional support peacock onto the plane, the airline might have had the right to ban the bird, as it couldn’t have easily sat at her feet without “protruding into the aisle,” seat or no seat.