A woman trying to fly on United Airlines with her emotional support Peacock was blocked from a Newark Airport flight over health and safety concerns.
Dexter the emotional support peacock being turned away from boarding a flight at Newark is my favorite news story of 2018
— Kiera (@kierarara) January 31, 2018
According to The Telegraph NYC based performance artist Ventiko had purchased a separate seat on a United Airlines flight from Newark to Los Angeles for her emotional support peacock named Dexter.
Unfortunately for Dexter and Ventiko, United Airlines would not allow the bird on the plane.
United Airlines released a statement saying the passenger had been told in advance her pet peacock would not be allowed to travel, adding, “We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”
“We know that some customers require an emotional support animal to assist them through their journey,” a spokesperson for United said in a statement. “In order to ensure we provide the best service to everyone on board our flights, consistent with government rules we currently require these customers to provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours advance notice.”
Dexter, who has his own Instagram account, informed his followers of the events with his owner writing, “Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA (after following all the required protocol) Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me across country.”
The bird later informed its over 10,000 follower it had made a pitstop to visit grandparents in Indianapolis.
The peacock on a plane thing was such an obvious stunt, but his name is Dexter so now I’m following him on Instagram like a big, fat sucker.
— Lesley Higgins (@le_diable) January 31, 2018