The United Airlines has declined a passenger’s wish to bring on board her pet peacock — despite the fact that she paid, and was allocated a seat, for the bird.
The woman explained that the peacock gives her ‘emotional support.’
In a video posted on the social media, the unnamed woman is seen walking through the Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey, USA, with the bird sitting calmly on her shoulder as she pushes her luggage.
One bemused traveller is heard to say in the footage: “What the hell. I’m not kidding, a woman is wrangling her peacock in the airport.”
In a statement received by Yahoo News UK, the United Airlines 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.”
Under traditional aviation laws, the only service animals allowed on flights are dogs – although a turkey was permitted on a Delta Air Lines flight in 2016.
See the video, as posted by The Jet Set: