In 2003, the Department of Transportation updated its policy regarding animals in air transportation (PDF) to say that "animals that assist persons with disabilities by providing emotional support" qualify as service animals.
An even better description about what is eligible as an emotional support animal:
An 'emotional support animal', says the National Service Animal Registry, is 'a pet that has been prescribed by a person's licensed therapist, psychologist, or psychiatrist. The animal is part of the treatment program for this person and is designed to bring comfort and minimize the negative symptoms of the person's emotional/psychological disability.'
The woman in question, is an 'artiste' of sorts. And was told prior to arriving at the airport the animal would not be allowed to board.
Smacks of self promotion a little. Any publicity is good publicity as they say.
There was a post on the peacock's instagram following this incident. (Yes, the peacock's instagram - goes by the name of Dexter).
For anyone who has the slightest doubt that this may in fact be a genuine emotional support animal - this article will put it to rest once and for all.
The Support peacock that couldn't get on a flight has its own Instagram page
A bit annoying for the rest of us with genuine needs for therapy animals. Have had a hard time getting my Emotional Support Walrus on board since this clown tried the peacock stunt.
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A woman was denied boarding on United when she arrived with an emotional support PEACOCK!
Woman denied emotional support peacock on United flight
Should I take old man emu with me next trip? He's a good conversationalist.
Is that a typo? Should it read a "Mental Support pig"?? She might have it running for president next ... and it'd likely have a good chance of winning!
I bet that was just before Thanksgiving!
If true, disgusting pet owner.
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....You should only flush deceased pet fish (and small ones at that).
Actually no, you shouldnt. Cant remember the tech explanation but its a big peeve of one of my regulatory specialists.
You put waterways at risk of disease (fish died from what?) or foreign species can be introduced (live fish dumping).
Even fish tank plants shouldnt be dumped. Kakadu has a water weed issue from introduced species.
what do they do with the poop or wee? no roses at 30,000 feet? Do they wear nappies?[
A pony or a labrador dog can do a shopping bag full. I seem to remember this happening on a US airline yet they still permit them in the passenger compartment. How long is it from LA to NY. must be longer than an animal can hold on!!!!. In flight wc's are hard to use anyway. How would you stop a bird from letting nature take its course?
Isn't it a public health issue? too bad about emotional support for one person, when it can pose a risk to the other 100 passengers.
Do they have to pay for a seat for their pet. What happens on a totally full airline is your dog or pig/great-dane on your lap?
When flying in Oz I think all animals always travel in an air-conditioned hold-and you pay- even guide dogs (a friends dog escaped once and he had to climb in to get it in Alice Springs, you could hear it barking the whole way too!). I have never seen an animal in the passenger cabin.
Most dogs can hold it it, otherwise you would come home to pop'ageddon if you leave them home alone in a cage or the house while at work during the day. Same with pee, MOST dogs and cats seem to have a sense of control.
But there was the case a couple of years ago where a flight had to land. Dog Poo Forces Flight to Make Emergency Landing - NBC News