Whaddya Mean My Emotional Support Peacock Can’t Fly?
Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw
Ventiko: The artist with her peacock.
Dexter: This peacock is flightless.
What is the world coming to when you can’t bring your emotional support peacock with you on a cross-country flight?
New York City-based photographer and performance artist Ventiko says she bought a ticket for her peacock, Dexter, so he would have his own seat on Sunday’s flight from EWR to LAX.
However, on arrival at the airport, the bird was turned away by the airline because of health and safety concerns.
A spokeswoman for Chicago-based UA says the peacock didn’t meet guidelines for several reasons, including its size and weight. Spokeswoman Andrea Hiller says the issues had been explained to the passenger three times “before they arrived at the airport.”
The artist and her emotional supporter arrived anyway, either in a bid for attention or to sincerely plead a case.
On 19JAN, Delta made headlines when it announced an update to its service and support animal policy, based on a report that “animal-related incidents” such as urinating, aggression, and biting have increased by 84% since 2016.
The airline's new rules require passengers with emotional support animals to prove that they have been well-trained and fully vaccinated.
Dexter’s Instagram account notes that his “human friends” will be driving him cross-country.