Perhaps this whole “emotional support” movement started when the late, great actress Elizabeth Taylor brought her beloved dogs with her into First Class whenever she traveled by plane. Or maybe airlines learned to turn a blind eye on comfort animals as long as their human owners paid for an extra seat to house them. In any event, customers over the years have brought dogs, cats, hamsters, pigs, parrots, snakes, guinea pigs, and lizards, among others, as their emotional support animals during flights.
Passenger Jodie Smalley was accompanied by her well-behaved emotional support turkey to and from a Christmas holiday vacation in 2015 without incident.
But a few years before, a passenger was kicked off a flight after her comfort pig squealed and defecated on the plane before it departed.
The latest kerfuffle happened recently when an artist attempted to bring her peacock on a United Airlines flight at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.