Friday, 23 February, 2018

Some of the strangest animals people have tried to bring on planes

Dexter the peacock did not get to fly the friendly skies Some of the strangest animals people have tried to bring on planes
Nellie Chapman | 01 February, 2018, 16:06

In a statement, United said the airline denied boarding to the passenger and the animal because the peacock failed to meet several guidelines, including those on weight and size.

The woman reportedly claimed that the peacock was an emotional support animal - which would allow the animal to fly for free.

The Jet Set posted video that captures the bird's arrival at the terminal at Newark Liberty International Airport, along with photos - replete with visible bird droppings, some commenters suggest - of the grounded peacock. United Airlines allegedly refused to let the woman board the aircraft with her peacock.

"We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport", the airline said.

WHAT?! We're discussing emotional support animals on an upcoming episode!

Statement on emotional support animals:United is dedicated to providing convenient and comfortable service to all of our customers. The airline said it saw an 84% increase since 2016 in incidents involving animals that were not properly trained, which included urination, defecation, and attacks on passengers and crew members.

It says that "certain documentation requirements" must be met and a minimum of 48 hours' notice is given.

ยท As indicated above, certain unusual service animals, pose unavoidable safety and/or public health concerns and airlines are not required to transport them.

While passengers who can complete these steps will often be able to bring their emotional support animals into the cabin with them during a flight, there are some exceptions.