Earlier this month, airline Delta announced that they’d be toughing their rules when it comes to emotional support animals. Delta says that since 2016, there has been an 84% in animal incidents on Delta plains, ranging from urinating to biting.
Jessica Rock, an animal welfare attorney, believes that people are abusing current airline rules and passing their animals off as emotional support animals, despite the animals having no training.
And now United Airlines, who are also reviewing their service animal guidelines, has denied one woman’s request to being her emotional support peacock on a flight leaving Newark Liberty International Airport.
Live and Let Fly reports that the peacock has its own seat, but was denied boarding.
Fox News confirmed with a spokesperson for United that the incident did actually take place.
From March 1, Delta will require that all those flying with an emotional support animal submit a veterinarian health form and immunization record to Delta at least two days before departure.
A doctor’s note, signed veterinarian health form and proof of animal training will be required at the boarding gate, and exotic animals will no longer be allowed on planes.
Unsurprisingly, the peacock stirred up quite a reaction on social media.
Some sided with the passengers.
Most thought the whole thing was absurd.