United Airlines denied a woman's efforts to bring a peacock onto a flight departing from Newark Liberty International Airport. Live and Let Fly reported earlier this week that even though the unidentified woman claimed that she had a second ticket for the peacock, the airline denied her request.
A spokesperson for United further tells Fox News that the travelers with a peacock were told they would not be able to bring it on board.
"This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size," a United spokesperson told FOX News. "We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport." The airline also said it requires passengers to "provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours' advance notice" before bringing an emotional-support animal onto a flight.
Photos of the unusual scene were shared to Facebook by travel talk show The Jet Set, sparking online commenters to both condemn and champion United’s decision.
"Wait a minute!" one commenter wrote on Jet Set TV's photo post. "A peacock is denied but a pig can get on?? That is not right!"
Others weren't so kind."Ridiculous to think she could fly with an bird this size," another commenter said. "A very loud large bird."
Earlier this month, Delta Air Lines' announced it would impose tighter regulations for passengers traveling with qualifying service or emotional-support animals. The airline said it had seen an 84% increase since 2016 in incidents involving improperly trained animals, including urination, defecation, and attacks on passengers and crew members.
At the end of the day, getting shut down by United might have been for the best, as far as the peacock's safety is concerned – the airline doesn't have a great track record when it comes to taking care of pets.