The story that United Airlines denied boarding to a passenger’s “emotional support peacock” has caused something of a social media flap.
The woman was intending to fly on a United Airlines flight from Newark Airport, New Jersey and offered to pay for a second seat for the bird, according to the story which was first publicised on the Live and Let Fly website on January 29.
This peacock named Dexter tried to get on a plane as an "emotional support animal," and United Airlines told him that would not fly pic.twitter.com/7NR6MhnWZI
— CBS News (@CBSNews) January 31, 2018
Not surprisingly, United Airlines refused, and the peacock remained ground-bound.
“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before she arrived at the airport,” United said in a statement to media.
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“The thing with peacocks is that they are MEAN birds,” opined Live and Let Fly.
“There is an arboretum not too far from my house that has beautiful gardens…and peacocks running wild. They’ve been known to chase after visitors…and bite. And that horrible screech they make…”
Woman arrives with an “emotional support peacock” at Newark Airport. United Airlines allegedly refused to let the woman board the aircraft with her peacock. https://t.co/kZn3JqGDsd pic.twitter.com/E5M9L6AfSm
— ABC News (@ABC) January 31, 2018
Sounds like a bunch of poppycock to us…