Woman denied emotional support peacock on United Airlines flight

This is an undated image of a peacock at an airport

A spokesperson for United Airlines told Business Insider that the airline told the woman multiple times that the peacock did not meet their guidelines for an emotional service animal.

"In an effort to better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities, we are expanding our existing policy regarding emotional-support animals", the Chicago-based airline said in a statement.

A photographer from NY has reportedly been banned from taking Dexter, her beloved stress relieving peacock, aboard a jet. She documents her experiences with Dexter via her social media. Dexter has attracted more than 10,000 followers. She later found them a new home from which Etta and her offspring disappeared.

His owner lives in Bushwick, New York, and photos on his Instagram account show the peacock being walked on a lead and taking part in photo shoots.

"Yeah no, Im sorry but no".

Unlike service animals, these animals do not necessarily have special training to assist people with disabilities. "Delta has seen an 84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016", Delta said, adding that reported incidents included "urination/defecation, biting and even a widely reported attack by a 70-pound dog".

Delta initially faced backlash for its decision to tighten restrictions, but it's possible other airlines will follow suit as they try to crack down on passengers who abuse the support animal provision and use it to travel with their pets for free.

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Similarly, traveler Jodie Smalley brought a turkey on a holiday flight in 2015, according to the BBC.

My neighbor is a flight attendant.

But emotional support animals don't always have the specialized training service animals receive, and airlines said that as support animals' numbers have grown, so have problems with misbehavior and disturbances. Delta recently banning exotic emotional support animals.

The Chicago-based airline said the new rules are created to "better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities".

So it turns out that emotional support dogs are okay but emotional support peacocks?

Service animals are not subject to the new regulations.

It says that "certain documentation requirements" must be met and a minimum of 48 hours' notice is given. All proof must be gathered within a year of the travel date. Some airlines require passengers to present a letter from a doctor or mental health professional, but such letters can be obtained online without much scrutiny.

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