Animals are extremely important to a huge number of people and to many they offer some much need emotional support that can help with physical, psychiatric, or intellectual disabilities.
Because of this, a lot of airlines will allow passengers to bring their emotional support animal on the flights with them but they must first apply for a special permit.
So you can imagine the shock people had at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey when someone turned up to check in with a huge ’emotional support peacock’.
The passenger even had a ticket for the peacock but not surprisingly United Airlines wouldn’t allow the bird to board the plan and we agree. Imagine being sat next to a big peacock on your flight.
An spokesperson for the airline told Fox News: “This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”
It’s likely that the passenger would have been hoping that they were covered by America’s Air Carrier Access Act, which allows emotional support animals to travel on flights with their owners, providing that the owner has the correct documentation for the animal, it isn’t a threat and will not interfere with others.
We agree with the airline that a huge peacock doesn’t really fit into the act’s rules. It was worth a try though.