First, Delta Air Lines recently announced it will crack down on passengers who want to bring service or emotional support animals on its flights. It appears the skies were not so friendly, because the bird was boarding by United Airlines, despite having its own seat on the plane.
The bird didn't meet guidelines for several reasons, it said, "including its weight and size". "I'm not kidding, a woman is wrangling her peacock in the airport". Each airline can decide which animals they will allow on their planes. According to an Instagram account Dexter's owner set up in the peacock's name, the bird started its trip on January 28 and had already made it to Oklahoma by January 30.
"We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before she arrived at the airport", the statement added.
The airlines also complain that they have no way to verify that doctors who sign off on comfort animals are qualified to decide if someone needs the emotional support.
The peacock, whose name is Dexter, reportedly began a cross country trip to the west coast by vehicle after being grounded at the airport.
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United's stance comes at a time when other airlines are doubling down on rules and restrictions for support animals.
Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations do not require airlines to transport 13 types of unusual service animals, such as snakes, other reptiles, rodents and spiders, because they "pose unavoidable safety and/or public health concerns".
Many people love to travel with their pets - right from dogs to cats and guinea pigs! United said its policy on emotional support animals is under review.
Their client's necessity for an emotional support animal is clearly understood by the traveling companies.
Few of the airlines have reported that they have no way to verify if the passenger needs an emotional support.