It’s been forever and a day since I’ve written a What the Hell Wednesday post, but when someone attempts to bring their emotional support peacock on a commercial airline, it’s time to dust off the what the hells.
Okay, seriously, you must’ve seen the posts on Facebook yesterday. Someone really brought their peacock to the airport and expected to bring him on the flight. The photos show the peacock just hanging out in the airport terminal perched on a baggage cart waiting for his flight. According to various news reports, United Airlines did deny boarding for the peacock and they continued their journey by car.
So many questions come to mind. Has the peacock ever flown before, well, I mean on an airplane? Where does he sit? Is he housebroken? If not, doe he wear a diaper made for peacocks? Do they even make peacock diapers? Was there a plan in case the peacock freaked out and started flying around the cabin?
People complain about crying babies, snoring people, kids kicking their seats, people who chew too loud, and just about everything else. Who would tolerate the call of a peacock? Have you heard the noise a peacock makes?
Can you imagine that on a plane? I love animals, but I would seriously freak out if I had to sit near a peacock.
I totally get the emotional bond with our pets. There’s nothing like cuddling with your pets after a stressful day and the joy and love they bring can’t be measured. Not everyone has a traditional pet like cats and dogs, and that’s okay. But there has to be common sense when we bring our pets out in public spaces. Also, know your pet and their personality and anxiety levels, and realize that not every pet will react in a calm manner in public, or an enclosed space like an airplane. We need to be considerate of each other as well. Not everyone will be as comfortable around your pet as you are and that’s okay too. You can certainly have a peacock as your emotional support animal, but maybe bringing him on an airplane isn’t the best idea. I’m happy they were able to continue their trip and nobody, peacock or person, was traumatized, or injured, in the process.