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A prominent Brooklyn artist ruffled some feathers at Newark Liberty International Airport over the weekend when she attempted to board a United Airlines flight to Los Angeles with her emotional support animal - a rescue peacock named Dexter.
The travel blog Live and Let's Fly first reported about the bizarre scene that played out at the airport on Sunday, and the travel talk show the Jet Set later shared photos of the passenger and her feathered friend perched on top of her luggage cart.
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The passenger, identified by DailyMail.com on Tuesday as the critically acclaimed Bushwick-based photographer and performance artist Venitko, had reportedly offered to pay a second seat to accommodate Dexter, but stressed that she had a right to bring him on board as her emotional support animal, according to the travel blog.
The airline denied her request to bring the large bird on board the flight.
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A spokesperson for the airline tells DailyMail.com that the traveler had been repeatedly told in advance that she would not be able to have the peacock accompany her on the plane.
'This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size,' United spokesperson Andrea Hiller said in a statement. 'We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.'
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Hiller went on to say that United requires customers wishing to travel with an emotional support animal to provide documentation from a medical professional and at least 48 hours advance notice.
‘In our effort to better balance protecting our employees and customers while accommodating passengers with disabilities, we are reviewing our existing policy and plan to share more soon,’ she added.
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