Can peacocks fly? Apparently not- at least not on United Airlines. United which has had it’s share of incidents was yet again involved in disappointing a customer. This time they turned away an emotional-support animal — a proud peacock — at a New Jersey airport this past weekend. Some self entitled people are really pushing the envelope with their flagrant disregard for a rule that was originally designed to help those in need.
“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport,” said United in a statement. But some staffers disagreed with the decision. “I’ll take the majestic peacock over the 5+ dogs that have attacked my coworkers just this past holiday season,” said one staffer. But the customer was turned away “We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport,” the airline said in its statement to the peacock network.
Not all customers were sympathetic however “Unbelievable, this has to stop now!!” one user wrote. This is part of a growing trend as airlines like Delta have had to crackdown on emotional support and service animals – which people abuse left and right. On Jan. 19, the airline announced forthcoming restrictions in hopes of curbing an abuse of policy and an 84 percent increase in ill animal behavior such as urinating, defecating, biting and attacks on flights.
Delta alone carries more than 180 million passengers annually and they have seen customers attempt to fly with comfort turkeys, possums, snakes, spiders and more. One man mauled by an emotional support dog on a Delta Air Lines flight in Atlanta was attacked twice and could not escape because he was in a window seat, his attorney said Thursday.
Some customers simply disregard the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals which harms those that truly need ’emotional support’ when traveling. Delta has seen an 84 percent increase in reported animal incidents since 2016, and in 2017, Delta employees reported increased acts of aggression (barking, growling, lunging and biting) from service and support animals, behavior not typically seen in these animals when properly trained and working.