Peacock denied as emotional support animal for flight

  • Peacock denied as emotional support animal for flight

Peacock denied as emotional support animal for flight

An incident over the weekend in which a support peacock was denied boarding on a United Airlines flight is the latest twist in an ongoing controversy regarding service and support animals on airlines.

United said problems with the animal's journey had been explained to the passenger three times "before they arrived at the airport".

Some airlines will allow passengers to bring along a dog or cat to serve as emotional support during a flight, but some airlines are not quite so lenient when it comes to bringing animals on their flights.

Service animals are not limited to dogs, and include emotional support animals, but airlines have the right to make their own policies for other species, according to the DRC. At Newark, the woman's ticket was refunded, and the airline even gave her cab fare back to the hotel, Laurie said.

The following day, Ventiko shared a disgruntled update alongside a photo someone snapped of Dexter at the airport: "Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA (after following all required protocol), Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country!"

Later on Monday, the traveller Ventiko was in Indianapolis to visit her family who posed for a selfie with Dexter.

The Jet Set posted video that captures the bird's arrival at the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, along with photos - replete with visible bird droppings, some commenters suggest - of the grounded peacock.

According to an Instagram account Dexter's owner set up in the peacock's name, the bird started its trip on January 28 and had already made it to Oklahoma by January 30.

The bird, named Dexter, reportedly belongs to a woman in Brooklyn.

"He said, 'It's my service animal". The new rules will come into effect on 1 March.

According to Delta airlines, it carries approximately 700 service or support animals daily - almost 250,000 annually.

Federal regulators have interpreted a 1986 access-to-travel law to allow support animals in airplane cabins and in apartment buildings that do not allow pets.

Emotional support animals are not the same as service animals.

A United spokesperson tells Travel Agent that the airline spoke with the customer in the airport lobby. And in October 2016, Daniel, an emotional support duck, flew from Charlotte to Asheville, N.C., according to the Washington Post.