United Airlines is sending a message to all birds looking to fly on their airline: Use your own wings. (Zing!) According to Travel and Leisure, United rejected a woman's peacock from boarding a flight at Newark Liberty International Airport after she claimed she needed the animal for emotional support.
Under the airline's "Emotional support and psychiatric assist animals, animals are allowed to fly with "qualified individuals with a disability if certain documentation requirements are met." However the regulation does not specify what kind of animals are acceptable, leaving the woman to find a loophole.
Travel blog Live and Let Fly reports that the unnamed passenger allegedly offered to buy an additional ticket for the bird, but the airline declined her offer. "This would be funny if it wasn’t so ridiculous," the blog reads.
Fox News spoke to a United spokesperson who said, "This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport."
An Instagram account reportedly created by the owner of the peacock in question–whose name is apparently Dexter – recounted the incident on their page.
"@kumathedestructor took this great shot of me at #newarkairport today. Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA ????????Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country! Keep an ????out for us," the photo above states. (Dexter has since been sharing Instas from stops along the road trip, and it looks like great fun.)
Meanwile, United told Fox News they are carefully reviewing their existing policy. "In our effort to better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities, we are reviewing our existing policy and plan to share more soon," a spokesperson said.