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Giant Emotional Support Peacock Denied Seat On Flight, And Here’s How Internet Reacts
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Giant Emotional Support Peacock Denied Seat On Flight, And Here’s How Internet Reacts

Emotional support animals are companions that a medical professional has prescribed as helpful to someone with a disability. These animals are usually dogs, and can fly aboard planes with their humans. But this woman had different ideas, and brought along her emotional support peacock for her flight to L.A. from Newark Airport.

Needless to say, it didn’t go well. Despite being warned three times that Dexter the peacock would not be allowed to travel with her, conceptual artist Ventiko showed up at the airport anyway. Dexter was promptly turned away by United Airlines, but not before creating a spectacle in the airport and igniting a fierce debate about the merits of emotional support animals and people’s perceived abuse of the system that allows them to travel.

Since he couldn’t get on his flight, Dexter shot out a message on his Instagram outlining the next step. “Spent 6 hours trying to get on my flight to LA. Tomorrow my human friends are going to drive me cross country! Keep an eye out for us!”

Since he was purchased by Ventiko for an art installation some time ago, Dexter has bonded with the artist. He is now a regular part of her art, and we are sure you will see more of the pair in times to come. If nothing else, this airport saga has certainly provided great publicity for them.

Scroll down below to see how the story unfolded below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Should United have let Dexter fly? Or is this an abuse of the emotional support animal premise? We look forward to your opinions!

This is Dexter the emotional support peacock, trying to board a flight from Newark to L.A.

Image credits: thejetsettv

He was denied a seat on the flight, even after his owner, conceptual artist Ventiko, offered to pay for his seat

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

Emotional support animals are usually dogs, sometimes cats. So it was a surprise to see a peacock at the airport

Image credits: thejetsettv

And it sparked quite a debate among the readers of this story

Others didn’t think it was such a good idea

This event also helped to uncover one of the most awesome Instagram accounts out there

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

Based in Brooklyn, Dexter and Ventiko like to go on walks together through New York

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

Their story started when Ventiko purchased Dexter for an art installation

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

And she found a home for him afterward

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

But knowing that Dexter was living all alone there, she had to take him with her

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

And they bonded immediately

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

Now they’ve been together ever since and he works with her on her art projects

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

And if you’re still wondering how they’ll get to LA, Ventiko said they’ll go on an epic drive across the country

Image credits: Dexter The Peacock

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Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

I am sorry to be a bit harsh here. I do understand the whole concept of emotional support animals. But for christ sake, she bought him for an art installation and all of a sudden he is her support animal? I would be rather upset if I had to sit next to a peacock on a plane. Don't get me wrong, I love all sorts of animals, but this goes too far.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 years ago

Agreed. It's nothing more than a selfish publicity stunt with no thought about the welfare of the peacock.

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Alec
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, the way I see it she probably got her wish. This was never about an emotional support animal. It was about a so-called-artist's desperate ploy to go viral by causing a scene that would draw attention to her instagram. Do I think there are people who need an emotional support animal? Yes, and they should be accommodated, but people like this woman who abuse the system to promote herself are ruining things for everyone else.

Carmen Devore-Blakestad
Community Member
4 years ago

He's her pet, nothing more. She's just trying to game the system. The last tweet in the article says it best. This woman needs to grow up and live in the real world.

A Ghost
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4 years ago

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The real world has emotional support animals. More and more people are learning about mental illness and are finding new ways to cope. Animals can be a part of that, they can sense your anxiety and sadness. For some people who have anxiety they need to have an animal with them so they don't have a panic attack. I don't know if you've ever had a panic attack but it sucks.

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Lara B.
Community Member
4 years ago

I am sorry to be a bit harsh here. I do understand the whole concept of emotional support animals. But for christ sake, she bought him for an art installation and all of a sudden he is her support animal? I would be rather upset if I had to sit next to a peacock on a plane. Don't get me wrong, I love all sorts of animals, but this goes too far.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
4 years ago

Agreed. It's nothing more than a selfish publicity stunt with no thought about the welfare of the peacock.

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Alec
Community Member
4 years ago

Well, the way I see it she probably got her wish. This was never about an emotional support animal. It was about a so-called-artist's desperate ploy to go viral by causing a scene that would draw attention to her instagram. Do I think there are people who need an emotional support animal? Yes, and they should be accommodated, but people like this woman who abuse the system to promote herself are ruining things for everyone else.

Carmen Devore-Blakestad
Community Member
4 years ago

He's her pet, nothing more. She's just trying to game the system. The last tweet in the article says it best. This woman needs to grow up and live in the real world.

A Ghost
Community Member
4 years ago

This comment is hidden. Click here to view.

The real world has emotional support animals. More and more people are learning about mental illness and are finding new ways to cope. Animals can be a part of that, they can sense your anxiety and sadness. For some people who have anxiety they need to have an animal with them so they don't have a panic attack. I don't know if you've ever had a panic attack but it sucks.

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