So this just happened: Woman and her peacock denied boarding a United flight
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So this just happened: Woman and her peacock denied boarding a United flight

NEWARK — You mean I can’t bring my peacock on the plane? You don’t say.

A female passenger attempting to fly from Newark Liberty International Airport with United Airlines was denied boarding due to her very strange travel companion: a living, breathing, strutting peacock.

The unnamed woman, a New York-based photographer, told United employees that Dexter the bird was, in fact, her “emotional support peacock” and that she was willing to buy a separate ticket for him. But despite her repeated attempts at boarding, the airline said Dexter was too big and heavy to travel in the cabin.

“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,” United said in a statement to Fox News. “We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”

United’s policy on support animals requires passengers to provide documentation from a medical professional as well as provide 48 hours advance notice prior to their flight.

Twitter, not surprisingly, reacted in full, with people poking fun at the passenger and questioning how they, too, can get their hands on a feathered sidekick.

United’s stance comes at a time when other airlines are doubling down on rules and restrictions for support animals. Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines announced that any passenger who wishes to bring emotional support animals onboard their flight must show proof of vaccinations 48 hours in advance, and also prove that the animal is trained well enough to handle a flight.

Last November, a woman and her emotional support pig was kicked off a US Airways flight after it went hog wild in the aisle. Also, in 2016, an angry-looking turkey was caught on camera flying in Delta’s Comfort+ cabin.

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