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Service peacock at Newark Airport. Photo courtesy Ramon Colon

Service peacock at Newark Airport. Photo courtesy Ramon Colon

Service peacock at Newark Airport. Photo courtesy Ramon Colon

Taylor Burgess, Opinions Editor

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Last month United Airlines barred a passenger from boarding a flight from Newark—and no, they didn’t drag her off the plane. The reason for the refusal: her emotional support animal.

The women, an artist based out of Brooklyn, attempted to bring her pet peacock onto the flight as an emotional support. The airline refused it based on their policy with a situation-to-situation approval for large or unusual animals. The airline plans to look at the policy closer to adjust it to the modern climate.

The biggest change that airlines will have to adjust to is the amount and the variation of the support animals in modern society. According to a Delta press release, “the airline has seen an 84 percent increase in animal-related incidents like urinating, defecating, biting, and other aggressive behavior since 2016.” In response, they issued a new policy that seems to be becoming the industry standard on the issue.

The standard being that passengers now need to acknowledge that they are planning on bringing a support animal two days prior to the flight, and accompanying this notice with a doctor’s note of necessity and a behavior recommendation. They hope that these rules will help clarify their current policy while still being considerate to those with a need for these companion animals. Government rules allow the barring of the most exotic pets though, like snakes, spiders, and restricted species. So next time you board a flight you are likely to see a dog or cat, but probably not more than that.

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