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Emotional Service Peacock Denied Boarding on United Flight

Emotional Service Peacock Denied Boarding on United Flight
Meg Butler

Just days after Delta Air Lines announced its crackdown on emotional support animals, a United Airlines passenger made headlines for trying to bring an emotional support peacock onto a flight leaving Newark Liberty International Airport.

Unfortunately for the bird, United desk agents said “no” to the request, even though the bird had a ticket for its own seat.

 

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7 Comments

  1. FlyingRhino

    February 1, 2018 at 4:16 am

    Wow, my pet elephant “Dumbo” would also love to fly with me

  2. apeortdz

    February 1, 2018 at 6:39 am

    Some people are simply crazy!

  3. 777 global mile hound

    February 1, 2018 at 10:43 am

    The peacock should have flown it had a paid and confirmed seat and she enrolled it in Mileage Plus
    so it lost its right of passage as well as the ability to earn miles
    At least United was kind enough to not drag the lovely bird off the flight and re-accommodate it Dao style

  4. Morgacj2004

    February 1, 2018 at 11:49 am

    This whole PC issue of emotional service animals needs to end. We need to go back to how it was before seeing eye dogs and digs for thed hearing impaired. Nothing else. The rest is a bunch of garbage

  5. seavisionburma

    February 1, 2018 at 9:10 pm

    Stunts like these just make it even harder for passengers with a requirement to fly with their service animals – now thanks to this peacock’s viral appearance, it will now be far more difficult for me to embark on genuine travel with my Emotional Service Walrus.
    Not impressed!

  6. suzy1K

    February 3, 2018 at 10:13 am

    The owner is an artist. Free publicity galore with this peacock / airport story. Hello!

  7. Kekilia

    February 16, 2018 at 11:53 am

    Please understand, a service dog is defined by the ADA as trained in at least two physical tasks to enable the handler (the disabled] to have mobility or to alert or provide some other process which provides freedom and dignity to said person. Any dog that can be trained must be allowed the sam privileges as another non disabled person without charges or fees. Not every dog is suitable for training, one has to be submissive, smart and a non-barker. Dogs are usually trained to assist the blind, deaf and mobility impaired. There is no actual requirement for certification or vests or ID cards.

    An emotional support animal actually derives from the 1970’s after traumatized veterans were found to function better socially with an animal, usually a dog. It then became common practice for a number of social impairment individuals.The animal need not be trained nor accommodated by airlines or other public places. When allowed by airline practices according to extensive regulations, the person must provide a letter from a psychiatrist or medical professional stating that in order to function normally, the person requires the animal. Now with the internet, people have discovered ways to get around these rules and regulations, creating the extreme and ridiculous means for ordinary people to take ordinary (and sometimes extraordinary) pets with them in the cabin.

    The problem lies with both the ADA advocates who pressure legislators with lobbyists and lawsuits to not touch the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), the airlines whose employees do not have sufficient training in the law, and the general public who misunderstand the law. Google search ADA service animals for a simple explanation.

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