Some people don’t think the notion of “emotional support” pets is very logical. Well, this news story will send those people into a frenzy: A woman’s emotional support peacock was denied entry on a United Airlines flight. And she was not happy about it at all.
It didn’t matter that the unidentified woman bought an extra ticket for her emotional support peacock. Because the airline wasn’t having any of it. United told the woman she would not be allowed to board the plane with her bird. So just imagine how emotionally traumatizing that must have been. Good thing her emotional support peacock was around to support her in that trying time.
“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,” United said in its statement regarding the situation.
All of this comes on the heels of airlines tightening up on what constitutes an emotional support animal and what doesn’t. Because most airlines are concerned that certain passengers are simply abusing the policy and finding loopholes in the system.
But for this peacock, the verdict was not too kind. Even if peacocks look really pretty.
So better luck next time, Mr. Emotional Support Peacock.