United States woman wants "emotional support" peacock to fly with her


Ventiko, a New York-based performance artist, brought her large feathered friend to Newark Liberty International Airport in hopes of taking the peacock with her on a flight to Los Angeles.

The lady had even offered to buy the bird its own plane ticket, according to travel blog Live and Let Fly.

Why did the United Airlines deny the emotional support peacock to travel?

"The release of such an animal in the aircraft cabin could result in a direct threat to the health or safety of passengers and crewmembers", the guidelines state.

"Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA", an Instagram post dedicated to the pet peacock, named Dexter, explained.

Later on Monday, the traveller Ventiko was in Indianapolis to visit her family who posed for a selfie with Dexter. On their FB page a video of the arrival of the bird is also posted.

She was originally bought for an art installation, but Dexter's journey is now documented on social media.

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Writing about her relationship with the bird, she wrote: "What can I say?"

Better luck next time Dexter!

The peacock, whose name is Dexter, reportedly began a cross country trip to the west coast by vehicle after being grounded at the airport.

Delta Airlines recently announced that since 2016, it's seen an 84 per cent increase in incidents involving animals not properly trained, including urination, defecation and attacks on passengers and crew members. They urged their flyers to present documentation two days in advance that certifies their need for an animal as well as proof of the animal's training and vaccination. Data from airline companies suggest an estimated 100,000 animals travel in cabins in the U.S. every year.

Airlines have allowed some passengers with emotional or psychiatric problems to take therapy animals with them on board.

From March 1st, the airline has asked all passengers with service animals to submit paperwork two full days before flying. Each airline can decide which animals they will allow on their planes. It added that it is reviewing its current policy regarding assistance animals.