Peacock prompts United to change emotional support animal policy

Peacock prompts United to change emotional support animal policy

United is the latest airline to crack down on so-called emotional support animals. The policy change was prompted in part by a passenger who tried to board a United flight with a large peacock Sunday. Peter Greenberg reports.

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  1. The only animal that is allowed by law to go with an owner on airplanes is a qualified support animal. Generally these are dogs and their owners are disabled. These support animals are highly trained and do not cause problems. The law is under ADA and a Federal law. Emotional support animals are not trained like service dogs and are not safe to be with other passengers. They are the animals that relieve themselves whenever the feel like it, wherever they are, bark, cause a ruckus,, etc. They need to go in the cargo hold. Behavior says it all.

  2. People shouldn’t be allowed to bring their pets in the cabin of regular flights. Who wants to put up with people that are emotionally fragile and need the support of an animal to make it to their destination. These people need to stay home or travel by car.

  3. More and more “emotional support” animals? Really?? How about maybe 40 years ago when people traveled, went shopping, went to A RESTAURANT without an “emotional support” pet? Were there really that many people back than with a latent burning desire to bring their pets EVERYWHERE they went?? Or were people not so dammed self-centered and insecure as they are today??

    America is turning into a nation of complete wimps!

  4. WTF. THESE FREAKIN PEOPLE NEED TO GET A GRIP. SOCIETY HAS GINE TO S…T!. THE GOVERNMENT NEEDS TO CHANGE THE LAWS….

  5. Sad that a peacock wasn’t able to board but a turkey was ok…
    I know a peacock could be more dangerous, but it seemed pretty well-trained. Didn’t seem agressive, wasn’t walking around or being noisy…

  6. My stuffed blue hippo Dolph (65 cm. who comes complete with a baseball bat) is my ESA of choice. Also have a smaller one who fits in the cabin trolley.
    Got away with bringing the small one onboard a charter flight. No one complained. The cabin crew even wanted to keep him.

    Because its a stuffed animal.

  7. If its proven that the exotic animal is needed by the owner for medical reasons, has all shots and trained i dont see the problem. Its a nice change to see animals u wouldn’t otherwise and there are those that pass fake dogs as well but because of the lapse ada laws they often get access where they shouldn’t

  8. It’s a shame someone always has to ruin things for everyone. This is also the fault of the Federal Government for not having any defining guidelines.

  9. I love animals but I am glad there are becoming strict with the animal policies. People are abusing this privilege and are putting legit service animals in a bad spot for people that really need them. You won’t believe how many people bring their dogs where I work and half of them are unleashed. There needs to be the same guide lines for these emotional service pets as they are for disabled service pets.

  10. I could see exotic animals but, if someone has an ESA that’s a: cat, dog, smaller bird (on leash), or something like that, then I don’t see the problem. I have no issues flying as much but, I’m working with my therapist to see if my cat can be my ESA since I have break downs and episodes that put me at risk of accidentally hurting myself. My cat even though he is young understands. On days where I break down school and get rushed home, he instantly runs to me and calms me down and won’t leave my side till I’m 100% good.

  11. Trump should make it an automatic felony with 10 years jail time to bring animals on planes or public transportation

  12. If you you have your miniature horse on the plane and you hit turbulence that might be a slight problem. However, my emotional support shunk wouldn’t be a problem at all.

  13. There is a difference between service animals as esa’s. An esa doesn’t need to be trained as vigorously (or at all in some cases)

  14. What about the rights of people who have allergies, or people who have an "emotional fear" of animals?

  15. The more I look into this whole Emotional Support Animal thing, the more I notice that even people who outright claim that they absolutely need to take their animal everywhere they go are coming across like they’re going "HA HA! I GET TO TAKE MY PET TO PLACES ANIMALS AREN’T NORMALLY ALLOWED AND YOU CAN’T! NEENER, NEENER, NEENER!"
    The amount of people who moan that they simply can’t cope without their pet with them at all times, and have to take them to restaurants, shopping centres, airplanes, and places where animals are genuinely not allowed, it just shows that you’re weak willed and can’t handle reality!

  16. This is just going overboard. A emotional support peacock .uh no . Find a small animal for pete sakes

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