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Therapy peacock denied airplane seat with owner

/ 01:54 PM January 31, 2018

Image: Facebook/@thejetsettv

Airline officials prevented a large, “emotional support” peacock from boarding a flight with its owner at the Newark Liberty International Airport in the US.

To the woman’s credit, she claimed to have a ticket for the large bird, as reported by website Live and Let Fly.

However, airline officials still denied the animal a seat, citing several violations in regulations. Its size was just one of the issues.

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“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,” said United Airlines in a statement to Fox News.

Photos of the support peacock have also surfaced on Facebook through The Jet Set page.

Image: Facebook/@thejetsettv

Netizens found the passenger’s behavior ridiculous or unnecessary act of selfishness.

One netizen pointed out that it may just be a scheme to avoid paying the necessary cargo fees for the animal.

Another netizen claimed to recognize the owner as an artist going by the name Ventiko.

Image: Facebook/@thejetsettv

The peacock, named Dexter, is said to have even an Instagram account.

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Image: Instagram/@dexterthepeacock

The incident may appear comically head scratch-inducing, but similar situations may have long-term negative effects. Airports may become stricter with regards to servicing animals, which could impact people who really rely on such animals for their day-to-day functions.  Alfred Bayle /ra

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