Fly, Peacock, Fly

This had to be fake news, right?  A woman really didn’t think she could bring a peacock on a plane, did she?  The answer is….yes.  I even checked to see if it was a hoax.  Nope.  You may have seen this on social media but United did stop the bird from getting on: 

“This animal did not meet guidelines for a number of reasons, including its weight and size. We explained this to the customers on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport.”

The news comes on heels of Delta’s controversial crackdown of emotional support and service animals. On Jan. 19, the airline announced forthcoming restrictions in hopes of curbing an abuse of policy and an 84 percent increase in ill animal behavior such as urinating, defecating, biting and attacks on flights.

Yup, this lady was cockblocked.

The whole emotional support animal things is really controversial right now and for good reason.  We can discuss that here if you want but there is a bigger question no one is talking about.  Who is the idiot doctor who signed the paperwork thinking she could try this in the first place?

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  7 comments for “Fly, Peacock, Fly

  1. Ben
    February 5, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    The poor airlines. Sued for discrimination if they deny boarding because of the ADA, and sued when the non trained animal bites someone. In addition they dont have to pay extra for the extra seat, and someone is thrown off the plane. The airlines went to the government and pleaded what can we do? We are sued either way. Our great government formed committees, and came up with nothing…. lobbied by the attorneys who want to sue either way.
    The number of disability animals is just as bad a problem as the number of people on disability. The doctors who are either ultra do gooders, want good reviews, want more patients will sign anything. And the patients threaten if they do not. Add the attorney industry, and rubber stamping judges and we have gone from 2% of the population on disability to 10%.
    A peacock. Someone tried a pony. Monkeys, and dogs that are not trained.

    It should be a national evaluation board for disability. Not any physician. Three reviews that have to be unanimous to qualify. Not personal physicians. Permanent limitations and if you are caught doing what you said you cannot do, permanent barring from any government benefits, forever including social security. And bounties paid for turning in those cheating.

    Animals to go on a plane should have to undergo a training course and be certified as docile and safe. If they are not, no travel.

    • chris
      February 5, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Believe it or not, miniature ponies are legitimately trained and used as guide animals for the blind.

      • Kurt
        February 8, 2018 at 6:44 am

        Holee cow! Thanks that’s impressive and looks legit. Toilet trained? Wow. Although I
        did go to a small circus that had a “dog and pony” show and witnessed a horse who did
        an averbal comedy routine with a weird cowboy that was hilarious. 15 minutes of laughs.
        Egads, horses can be smart.

        Oh, I did confirm with Harold Ronk, who was the ringmaster at the Ringling Brothers and
        Barnum and Bailey Circus from 1951 to 1981 that a “Dog and Pony” show was a low budget
        circus. (Google him, Harold Ronk Ringmaster, you’ll find him. He showed me the plaque
        he received when he was inducted to the circus hall of fame.)

        I bought one of the three record albums he did and he was tickled that I ask him to autograph it for me.

        Oh, man was he loaded with stories!

        Service animals? Sure the Bishon Frise dog who sits in the BP gas station as a companion
        to a patron/widower veteran and a friend to everyone who pats her on the head, is fine by me.

        A single person in government housing who wants a cat or a lap dog what the hell? It’s
        idiotic the crap I have to fill out to get someone a companion animal in that situation.
        We’re not talking about travel here though.

        Sign a note so they can fly in the cabin? No f&@%ing way. (Unless it was that Bishon above.
        she’s an absolute doll and friend to all.)

  2. Deb
    February 5, 2018 at 12:02 pm

    I am so fed up with being the “mother” (or “police”) for every organization demanding a doctor’s note for everything! In some ways, I hope a doc did sign a note! Enough already, police your own employees or customers!

  3. chris
    February 5, 2018 at 9:30 am

    I raise some questions : Why would anyone want to fly somewhere with their peacock? I mean was she showing it or taking it to someone who had bought it? Did she have to buy a ticket for this thing, or 3 tickets? I mean the thing has to take up a whole row of seats. Who the heck did she think was going to be ok sitting next to her with the peacock on her lap? She doesn’t even have it in any sort of animal carrier.

    • Kurt
      February 8, 2018 at 7:03 am

      My sister took me and my daughter to the BrookField Zoo up in Brookfield, Illinois and they have
      peacocks walking around. One came up to me and I said, “My you are a pretty boy!” With that he
      whipped up his tail and sauntered around like a fashion model. I was in a food court but didn’t
      have any tidbits. I thanked him for the show and he folded up his tail and gracefully walked off.
      Probably performing for food (I didn’t have any but I would a’ tossed him something if I had it.)
      Animals can be very smart.

  4. Pat
    February 5, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Or maybe it was a hilarious doctor, fed up with an idiot patient, signing off to let her have her way, so that he could sit back and enjoy the hilarity?

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