United Grounds Passenger Who Demanded That Her Peacock Fly With Her As A Comfort Animal

United-Peacock-Facebook-640x480Many of us have noticed a sharp increase in the number of animals on planes.  These “comfort” or emotional support animals used to be small dogs but now people are bringing on not just large dogs but a wide variety of animals including small ponies, turkeys, pigs, and snakes.  When airlines have balked at some of the animals, they have been threatened with disability lawsuits.  United Airlines however drew the line recently when a woman showed up with this large peacock as her therapy animal at Newark Liberty International Airport.

Live and Let Fly broke the story earlier this week.  Recently, Delta cracked down on emotional support and service animals due to increasing problems of out of control animals and biting incidents. Starting on March 1, Delta will require those flying with emotional support or psychiatric service animals to submit a veterinarian health form and immunization record to Delta with 48-hours’ notice. It will bar exotic animals like ferrets, insects, spiders, goats or animals with tusks or hooves to fly.

Other airlines have complained that people are using claims of disability or stress to bring their pets into cabins.  Indeed, disabled people have joined the critics in calling out many passengers viewed as abusing the rules.

31 thoughts on “United Grounds Passenger Who Demanded That Her Peacock Fly With Her As A Comfort Animal”

  1. Without verification, there is nothing to stop people from abusing the rules.

    I have long thought that a comfort animal should have some sort of doctor’s note or other form of verifying. otherwise, my Arabian horse could be my comfort animal, and airlines should have to accommodate him…sitting next to me in the cabin. I also agree with the veterinarian health form and rabies certificate for mammals. Monkeys can carry zoonotic diseases transmitted by bite, which are very serious. They would need verification that they do not carry these diseases.

    The peacock is a lovely bird. It’s call sounds like a woman crying “Help!” I know people with peafowl, and they regularly receive visits from police investigation a woman screaming. They know it’s the peafowl, but they have to make sure anyway.

    Her bird is neither caged nor diapered. Peacocks are not potty trained. I do not think they even have the ability to hold their poop or wait to go. It just comes out. They make diapers for chickens that would fit.

    The bird has a very large tailspan. I cannot imagine it would feel the urge to display on a plan without a peahen, but if it would, it would materially reduce the comfort of the other passengers.

    Peacocks can fly up into trees. If his wings are not clipped, he could take fright and explode throughout the cabin, pooping as he went. Were the pilot’s door to open at an inopportune time, he could disrupt the flight crew. The black box could have the fateful last message, that they were wall going to die because someone brought a friggin’ peacock onboard.

    I am sympathetic to those who suffer anxiety, or who have other medical conditions like epilepsy, where a service animal can be life saving. I support the use and welcome of service animals. This needs to be done in a way that is safe for other people, and the system needs to be protected from abuse.

  2. I raised peafowl for over 30 years and other than the males magnificent seasonal plumage, they could care less about their human caregivers, their globs of poop really stink, and their squawking sounds like the Rape of the Sabine Women, so anyone who says they’re “comfort or emotional support animals”, obviously has the same size pea brain as the peacocks themselves.

  3. I’ve always wondered about people flying with animals – what if a person is highly allergic to dogs or cats?

    That being said one time I flew from Charleston back to DC with a baby guinea pig in my pocket – I had purchased her from my breeder and didn’t want to go through all the rigamarole. Sure couldn’t do that nowadays!.

    1. Right! I’ve been on flights where a stewardess will announce there will be no peanuts served because some dainty has an allergy, but I get to sneeze through the whole cross-country flight because Miss Insecure needs to bring Fifi along wherever she goes.

  4. Like crippled license plates and handicapped placards run amok, a certain class of Americans have been conditioned into a victim mentality and expect this sort of special treatment wherever they go. I live part-time in an area of the country that specializes in catering to this class. We are regularly treated with visions of perfectly healthy-looking humans getting out of low-slung sports cars while occupying the best parking spot in the lot.

    One wonders who the physicians are enabling this behavior. I know my GP would laugh at me and tell me to “Get Real!” if I tried to participate in this scam.

    1. Modern Miner – I have just developed a condition that could qualify me for a handicap sticker. I should ask my doctor about it. Thanks for the hint. 😉

    2. One wonders who the physicians are enabling this behavior.

      The same physicians fueling the opioid epidemic.

  5. I’m looking forward to bringing my support python with me on my next flight. I hope to provide it free food via the other support animals while on this flight.

  6. Seems like it’s a good probability that much of this is just score settling — people getting revenge on the airlines (or other passengers) for previous abuses — a variation of the scheme that the Cannery Row character, Doc, dreamt up to get back at a bank:

    Step One: Rent one safe deposit.
    Step Two: Deposit one dead fish.
    Step Three: Go on vacation for 6 months.

  7. If you want to get through long lines at the airports, then show up with a “Cassowary” bird. Since this bird can take out a full grown man, it can also be trained as a Sky Marshal so passengers can safely fly the friendly skies.

  8. All forms of mass transit should shut this practice down. It used to be for the seeing eye dogs only.

  9. If a dog craps on the plane who picks up the pieces? Is the dog owner too crippled to do so? Blind Melon Chitlins needs to weigh in on this.

  10. Now wait a minute! What if the peacock self-identified as a Shih Tzu??? And don’t say I am being absurd, because birds are critters that can imprint on other animals! If we let men tell us they self-identify as women, we let them go tinkle and poo poo in the Ladies Room. Sooo, what’s the difference???

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

  11. I have to go with the airlines on this one. A peacock is beyond the pale. I want to see some doctor sign off on this damn bird. 😉

  12. What can a peacock do for emotional support that a couple of Xanax and a cocktail can’t? Seriously.

    1. Xanax OR cocktail, not both! Or they’re going to have to roll you off the plane! Seriously, I have a fear of flying and pop one Xanax. I also stay up most of the night before the flight, so I snooze for much of it. A neighbor who is an R.N. told me he takes Adderal to avoid panic attacks on cross-country flights, but I’ve never tried it. I don’t know the difference between Xanax and Adderal, but the former works and it’s no big deal to get a prescription. Certainly less hassle than going to the vet to get a tranquilizer for my dog or cat. I can’t see how bringing a pet onboard would calm me down. The one time I had to fly with my cat because I had been transferred, the poor thing was so freaked out that it caused me considerable stress.

  13. Those are some major NASTY birds that crap anywhere and everywhere.Give her a ticket on greyhound.

  14. Americans are either liars or they have become the most neurotic bunch in the history of the world. Enough with the comfort animals. If you can’t fly without your pet “pig”, don’t fly!

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