Artist, her emo­tional sup­port pea­cock de­nied en­try on United Air­lines flight

Ripon Bulletin - - Local / State -

NE­WARK, N.J. (AP) — A United Air­lines pas­sen­ger who tried to take her emo­tional sup­port pea­cock with her on a cross-coun­try flight has had the bird turned away by the air­line be­cause of health and safety con­cerns.

New York City-based pho­tog­ra­pher and per­for­mance artist Ven­tiko says she bought a ticket for her pea­cock, Dex­ter, so he would have his own seat on Sun­day’s flight from New Jersey’s Ne­wark Lib­erty In­ter­na­tional Air­port to Los An­ge­les.

A spokes­woman for Chicago-based United says the pea­cock didn’t meet guide­lines for sev­eral rea­sons, in­clud­ing its size and weight. Spokes­woman An­drea Hiller says the is­sues had been ex­plained to the pas­sen­ger three times “be­fore they ar­rived at the air­port.”

Dex­ter’s In­sta­gram ac­count notes his “hu­man friends” will be driv­ing him cross-coun­try.

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