One woman and United Airlines won't be flocking together much anymore.
Ventiko, who was identified by Newsweek, then volunteered to pay for a seat for the bird but was turned down by United personnel.
"The animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size", United said in a statement. Spokeswoman Andrea Hiller said the issues had been explained to the passenger three times "before they arrived at the airport".
The peacock, whose name is Dexter, reportedly began a cross country trip to the west coast by vehicle after being grounded at the airport. According to his Instagram page, Dexter lives with the artist Ventiko, and can occasionally be spotted strolling the streets of NY. She later found them a new home from which Etta and her offspring disappeared.
Photos of the peacock were posted to Facebook by the travel talk show the Jet Set. But it's worth noting that in its January 19 policy change announcement, even Delta admitted there had been an uptick in unfortunate incidents as a result of increased numbers of in-flight animals.
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This means that passengers can still bring emotional support animals along for the ride, but they'll have to jump through additional hoops in order to get a nod Delta or United. Starting March 1, the airline will require 48-hour notice, an "enhanced" letter from a mental health professional, confirmation that the animal has been trained to behave properly in public, and an acknowledgment of responsibility for the animal's behavior.
Emotional support animals are not considered service animals under the ADA, so they have different laws to govern them.
Similarly, traveler Jodie Smalley brought a turkey on a holiday flight in 2015, according to the BBC.
Airlines can refuse service or support snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders and spiders, along with animals that are too large or heavy, pose a threat to health or safety, or would disrupt service.
The Chicago-based airline said the new rules are created to "better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities".
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