ENOUGH ALREADY!! We are disgusting #EmotionalSupport animals on an upcoming episode! Much like this emotional support peacock recently spotted at Newark International Airport! #crewlife #avgeek #travel #airlines #news pic.twitter.com/bggNl4PIe0— The Jet Set (@TheJetSetTV) January 28, 2018
When you think you have seen it all, a passenger tries to bring a peacock onto a United Airlines flight — and gets barred.
The passenger attempted to bring the peacock onboard a plane that was leaving from Newark Liberty International Airport, but United Airlines refused to give the animal a seat, alleging that it did not meet its guidelines “for a number of reasons,” the statement to the media read.
“We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before she arrived at the airport,” the statement added.
After Jet Set, a travel talk show, posted images of the peacock on Facebook, the story went viral on Twitter. Users were not sure whether the story was a gag or real, but the fact United Airlines actually confirmed the story to Business Insider tells us that yes, there are plenty of individuals out there who use peacocks as emotional support animals.
Many people said they felt bad for the passenger, while others said that it was a bit much to try to bring such a large bird onto a flight like that.
Ooh this goes on my list of favorite emotional support animals on planes. I still love the emotional support turkey. pic.twitter.com/XwhZ3prGhd— Megan Sutherlin (@MeganSutherlin) January 30, 2018
One of my favorite ongoing news stories right now is the backlash against ridiculous emotional support animals on planes. https://t.co/G2lZUoKReD— Tom Gara (@tomgara) January 30, 2018
There's nothing ridiculous about my emotional support Komodo Dragon.— Barry Freed (@BarryFreedNYC) January 30, 2018
I’ve met peacocks and they’re about as emotionally supportive as my late narcissistic grandmother.— Idlewild (@idlewild_) January 30, 2018
Well there is nothing ridiculous about my emotional support grizzly bear named fluffy.— James (@Jungle_CS) January 30, 2018
Regardless of whether you support the passenger or not, it’s clear that 2018 has already gone far beyond all of our expectations when it comes to very strange things happening.
What will passengers try to board a commercial flight with next, monkeys in underwear? Oh no, wait, that has already happened.
Banner and thumbnail credit: Reuters, Chaiwat Subprasom