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Some birds aren't meant to fly – United denies boarding to "emotional support" peacock

written by australianaviation.com.au | February 1, 2018

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.

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.
“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…”

Sounds like a bunch of poppycock to us…

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Comments (4)

  • Daryl


    I see a lot of this ”support animal” BS while travelling within the US.Some of the damned dogs I see in the cabin can barely support emselves.Enough of this rubbish.Bet this fool gets a payout,regardless of the 3 conversations they had with the airline prior to the flight.

  • James


    Absolute load of rubbish. I feel so sorry for United and their PR people on this one.
    I worked the counters for most of the current domestic airlines flying here and it was torture at times to see how some passengers (guests..) treat the airline staff, and what they think they “deserve” for their ticket.

  • boleropilot


    well – how come that goose can get a seat on those Air NZ flights – hmmm ????

  • Ric Lasslett


    Sully knocked back a whole flight of Canadian geese and look what happened to him………………!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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