United Airlines denies woman's 'emotional support peacock'

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Just a few days after United Airlines made headlines by telling a passenger that she couldn't bring her emotional support peacock on a flight out of Newark, the company has issued strict new rules for all emotional support animals - just like Delta Air Lines did recently.

Airlines are anxious about passengers trying to pass off pets as emotional support animals, which fly for free. "The Department of Transportation's rules regarding emotional support animals are not working as they were meant to, prompting us to change our approach in order to ensure a safe and pleasant travel experience for all of our customers".

Airlines can refuse service or support snakes, reptiles, ferrets, rodents, sugar gliders and spiders, along with animals that are too large or heavy, pose a threat to health or safety, or would disrupt service.

Passengers traveling with service animals, such as seeing-eye dogs will still not be required to provide documentation or advance notice to the airline. The airline added they told the peacock's owner three times that the bird would not be allowed on a plane before the duo arrived in Newark.

Both service and support animals fly in the cabin for free, unlike household pets, for which United charges a $125 fee. A video, also posted by The Jet Set, shows a woman ushering the peacock through the doors of the airport and onto her shoulder.

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In an effort to crack down, Delta announced this month that travelers with emotional support animals would have to provide proof of the animal's training and a letter signed by a doctor or other health professional, certifying that the animal will comport itself well on the flight.

Some Twitter users supported the United passenger's attempt to bring the peacock onto her flight, while others were outraged.

Examples include guide dogs that aid the blind, dogs that help assist people with seizure disorders or a dog that aids a person struggling with PTSD. However, a number of animals have raised concerns from airlines in the past. United. Is reevaluating its current animal policies.

Airlines are starting to tighten up their rules when it comes to service animals.

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