Recently, I argued that airlines must crack down on the abuse of emotional support animals. Passengers continue to twist federal law to bypass pet cargo fees and bring animals onboard who do not belong onboard.
Case in point: a woman tried to bring a peacock onboard a recent United Airlines flight at Newark Liberty International Airport. She did offer to pay for a second seat for this oversized bird, but claimed she had a right to bring it onboard as her emotional support animal.
United, thankfully, said sorry…but no.
This would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous. And it’s not like this was the first time.
Remember that Southwest flight I wrote about many years ago?
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The thing with peacocks is that they are MEAN birds. There is an arboretum not too far from my house that has beautiful gardens…and peacocks running wild. They’ve been known to chase after visitors…and bite. And that horrible screech they make…
Delta recently introduced additional reasonable restrictions on emotional support animals. I believe these restrictions will withstand any legal scrutiny. Now United and others must do the same thing and finally put to rest the abuse of a well-intentioned federal policy.
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