Artist and her emotional support peacock are denied entry on flight

The organization "Live and Let Fly" says the woman had a second ticket for the bird.

United Airlines turned away Brooklyn artist Ventiko and her big bird Dexter, after she tried to bring the service peacock onboard her flight from Newark Liberty International Airport to Los Angeles.

A woman was recently denied her emotional support animal when she attempted to fly on United Airlines, a peacock.

A spokesperson told the Associated Press his owner had been informed of this three times "before they arrived at the airport".

A spokeswoman for United said the peacock didn't meet health and safety guidelines, partly because of its size and weight.

An instagram account shows Dexter and his owner Ventiko posing for artistic shots, walking in NY and exploring gardens.

Delta Airlines didn't cry fowl when a Seattle woman boarded her pet turkey on a flight to Salt Lake City in 2016.

The syndicated television show "The Jet Set" posted photos and video of the peacock's arrival to the airport on their Facebook page.

Critics of emotional support animals have been questioning the use of the animals, feeling that people are abusing the ability to have emotional support animals.

A woman was even kicked off her US Airways flight after her emotional support pig began too rowdy. As well, passengers will be required to provide a doctor's note, signed veterinarian health form and proof of animal training before boarding.

The airline said that it was reviewing its existing policy and planned to share more soon.

Like a service animal, an emotional support animal must be approved by a medical professional for an individual. Also beginning March 1, Delta will no longer allow exotic emotional support animals, including ferrets, insects, spiders, goats or animals with tusks or hooves. Data from airline companies suggest an estimated 100,000 animals travel in cabins in the United States every year. The airline announced it will check certification papers for purported service or support animals and their owners before allowing them to board, according to Forbes.

  • David Armstrong