Flying can be a pretty tense time for a lot of people. If you haven’t smashed enough beers at the airport bar, hurtling through the sky in an aluminium tube can be fairly daunting.
Which is why a lot of people choose to bring emotional support animals with them when they fly. Dogs, cats and other small pets are kind of understandable, provided they don’t fuck the flight up for the person next to them.
However, if I was to get on a plane and find out that I would be sitting next to a peacock for the duration of the flight, I’d bloody well scream.
Which is probably why United Airlines figured it would be a good idea to not allow a woman to fly with her emotional support peacock, despite purchasing a ticket for it.
A spokesperson for United said “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.”
People were split between whether it was the right decision or not, but ultimately I guess it comes down to whether you’d actually have to sit next to the thing.
“Unbelievable, this has to stop now!!” one user wrote online.
“I’ll take the majestic peacock over the 5+ dogs that have attacked my coworkers just this past holiday season,” an alleged airport worker said.
So there ya go folks, probs not the best idea to bring a huge freaking bird onboard your next flight.
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