Photo: Dexter the Peacock

Travelers Beware: You Can't Bring Your Pet Peacock on an Airplane

by Tim Wenger Jan 31, 2018

Flying is hectic these days. With reduced leg room and seemingly more and more reports of onboard incidents, it might come as no surprise that some passengers prefer to fly with a companion to help keep calm. But what happens when that companion is a peacock?

Such was the case with a recent United Airlines flight. A passenger, claiming the animal was there to provide emotional support, arrived at the airport expecting to bring a peacock on board. Whether or not the passenger actually needed the peacock notwithstanding, there certainly are animals more appropriate for high-altitude travel. Dogs, for instance.

The airline attempted multiple times to inform the passenger of its peacock-on-plane prevention policies, but the message appears to have alluded the ticketholder. The bird arrived at the airport seemingly ready to fly on chartered wings. A United staffer informed FOX News of the reasoning behind their decision to decline boarding privileges. “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.”

In case you’re wondering, it doesn’t appear that the passenger offered to buy the peacock its own seat. Here are our tips on how to doze off the next time you find an unexpected travel buddy in your aisle.

For more about Dexter the Peacock, check out his Instagram account.

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