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Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight

Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight

It's reported the exotic bird was an emotional support peacock.

And now United Airlines is drawing media attention for telling a female passenger that she could not bring her emotional support animal onto a flight out of Newark - even though the passenger said she actually purchased a separate ticket for her companion.

It may sound freakish to bring a peacock on a plane, but give the woman credit for persistence: She reportedly tried several times to get the bird on board and even offered to buy a separate ticket for it, but airline employees nixed every request, according to the travel blog Live and Let Fly.

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. The airline also suggested that the passenger wouldn't take no for an answer: "We explained this to the customer on three separate occasion before they arrived at the airport".

Current policies at United say that trained service and emotional support animals must sit in front of a passenger's seat without obstructing the aisle.

Documentation being what it is, some wily passengers figured out they could save money by rebranding the family pet as an emotional support animal that would travel for free on their laps.

Delta chose to enact stricter rules after noticing an 84 percent increase since 2016 in incidents involving untrained or poorly trained animals.

Effective March 1, Delta will require passengers traveling with service or support animals to show proof of good health and up-to-date immunizations with 48 hours notice, according to a statement.

It's not clear if this passenger and her peacock followed all of these regulations before being denied entry to the plane.

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