Oh no! United Airlines refused to let an emotional support peacock board one of their planes, and Twitter is going bananas over it!
These days, it’s not uncommon to see a dog or cat at the airport, however, spotting a peacock at the ticket counter is. On Jan. 28, United Airlines found themselves in an awkward situation when a woman at the Newark Liberty International Airport tried to bring her emotional support peacock on board. After going through the trouble of buying an extra ticket for her feathered friend, United denied her request. According to Fox News, “This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size.” United insisted that they explained this to the customer several times, but she refused to comply.
When reviewing United’s policies, they clearly state that trained service and emotional support animals must be able to sit in front of the passenger’s seat without obstructing the aisle. Unfortunately, the peacock would not be able to follow this rule due to it’s protruding feathers. So, we can understand United’s decision. And a lot of people took to Twitter to defend the airline. “There is no way I’m sitting next to someone’s ’emotional support peacock’ on a 5-hour flight. This is ridiculous,” one user tweeted. Sadly, this isn’t the first time United had made headlines for “kicking” a passenger off of a plane.
Back in April 2017, Dr. David Dao, 69, was violently removed from a United flight leaving Chicago, IL because it was overbooked. When Dr. David reused to leave on his own, police allegedly dragged him off the plane, leaving him bruised and bloodied. Following the incident, David opened a lawsuit against the airline, and two of the airport security officers were fired for their violent actions. It’s safe to say United needs to revise their policies as a whole.
There is no way I'm sitting next to someone's "emotional support peacock" on a 5-hour flight. This is ridiculous. https://t.co/NiJaJAkLy8
— Rudolf E. Havenstein (@RudyHavenstein) January 31, 2018
Worked at NBC for a decade. Can say without fear of contradiction: there is NO such thing as a “Support Peacock” https://t.co/h7WdBzr4s0
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) January 30, 2018
“Emotional support peacock”…civilisation had a good run. https://t.co/YnKb3jx6PN
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) January 30, 2018
United Airlines refused a seat to an emotional support PEACOCK. I understand anxiety. I do. But, if you need a peacock to leave the house, maybe you aren’t one of the people who were meant to go outside. Have you considered drugs and alcohol?
— ARTLeft BobbieOliver (@thebobbieoliver) January 30, 2018
A woman tried to board a United Airlines flight with an emotional support peacock. She literally paid for the bird’s seat. I can barely buy a plane ticket for myself.
— Dena Khalafallah (@DenaKhalafallah) January 31, 2018
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