Back in January, we talked about how United Airlines denied access to a woman who tried to board her emotional support peacock, Dexter.
Associated Press reported on January 30 that Dexter belongs to a New York-based photographer named Ventiko. When she tried to buy a ticket for Dexter, the airline told her that due to his weight and size, he wouldn't be allowed to fly.
A spokesperson for the airline told Washington Post that "We explained this to the customer on three separate occasions before they arrived at the airport" that she would not be allowed to board with Dexter in tow.
Though Dexter wasn't allowed to fly with United Airlines, he is still living his best life possible, which can be seen on his Instagram account, dexterthepeacock.
A quick glance at Dexter's life and you'll see that he and Ventiko first met back in 2014 and it seemed to be instant bonding. Since then, he's taken part in various art projects, photo shoots, and has traveled all over the city.
Through all of his adventures, he's even been a part of wedding photos.
BBC reported that Ventiko, whose real name remains unknown, rescued Dexter from his previous living situation after she discovered that he was being cooped up in a garage. She eventually welcomed him into her apartment in Brooklyn after a stay with a farm fell through.
In a 2017 interview with Bedford and Bowery, Ventiko spoke of her life with Dexter after a photo of him in the subway went viral. When asked about her life with the bird, Ventiko said "The whole thing is ridiculous. But the universe put us together and he really changed my life in a positive way. Dexter disarms anybody he meets." She was asked about him being on the subway and Ventiko responded that she tries to avoid public transportation as much as she can so as not to frighten or "traumatize" Dexter. "I have never left the house without having at least one person react," she added.
Dexter may not have been allowed to fly with his human, but he's still living his very best life and that's something we can all appreciate.
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