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United Airlines Denied Boarding to a Traveler’s Emotional-Support Peacock

If you ever asked yourself, “Can peacocks fly?” The answer is no — at least not on a United Airlines flight.

This past Saturday at Newark Liberty International Airport, the airlines turned away an emotional-support peacock, telling NBC News that it “did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size.” The airline continued to say in its statement that they explained it to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.

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According to travel blog Live and Let’s Fly, the female traveler, Brooklyn-based artist Ventiko, offered to buy the bird — named Dexter — its own plane ticket for a flight to Los Angeles.

Travel and lifestyle show The Jet Set posted a video of Ventiko “wrangling her peacock through the airport.” Turn your volume on, because the comments are absolutely hilarious.

“That just happened. What the hell, New York?” the woman commentator adds.

This incident follows a Delta airlines statement released on Jan. 19 announcing new requirements regarding emotional-support animals.

“Customers have attempted to fly with comfort turkeys, gliding possums known as sugar gliders, snakes, spiders and more,” Delta said. “Ignoring the true intent of existing rules governing the transport of service and support animals can be a disservice to customers who have real and documented needs.”

According to the statement, starting March 1, passengers with service animals are required to submit paperwork two full days before flying.

United Airlines is on board with that policy as well. According to the airlines’ statement to NBC News on emotional-support animals, customers are required to “provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours advance notice.”

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It is unclear if the passenger and her peacock made it to their destination, but 18 hours ago, a photo was posted on Dexter’s Instagram account (yes, it has its own Instagram account!) that seems to show they made it as far as Miami OK.

Safe travels, Dexter and co.!

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