AN ARTIST has been left in a flap after her peacock was refused entry onto a flight.
Performance artist Ventiko had attempted to bring her emotional support animal, Dexter, onto the United Airlines plane – even trying to buy a second seat for the bird.
Dexter had been brought to Newark Liberty International Airport in the hopes of joining its owner on the flight to LA.
But the travellers were instead forced to drive to their destination after their request was refused.
A spokesperson for the airline said: "This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size.
"We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport."
The event had at first been reported by Live and Let's Fly blog, who claimed that the woman offered to pay for a second seat for the bird.
The artist reportedly bought Dexter off Craigslist in 2013 while working on an Art Basel Installation.
Writing about her relationship with the bird, she wrote: "What can I say? Living with a peacock is pretty cool, but cohabitation with Dexter the Peacock is f***ing awesome!"
It's not the first time that passengers have tried to bring support animals on flights, with a turkey brought onto a plane.
A woman was even kicked off her US Airways flight after her emotional support pig became too rowdy.
The airline said: "United is dedicated to providing convenient and comfortable service to all of our customers. We know that some customers require an emotional support animal to assist them through their journey.
"In order to ensure we provide the best service to everyone onboard our flights, consistent with government rules we currently require these customers 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."
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