United Airlines Refuses to Board a New Yorker’s Peacock

Passengers are really beginning to test the limits of what is allowed in terms of pets aboard flights. Recently, a photographer from New York City attempted to board a United Airlines plane with her pet peacock, claiming it as her emotional support animal. The airline denied the bird passage on the flight.

The pet’s owner, Ventiko, is a performance artist who hails from the Big Apple. This raises the question of whether she was performing a stunt rather than earnestly attempting to use the peacock as an emotional support animal.

Many reports quickly revealed that the New Yorker apparently operates an Instagram account on behalf of the bird known as Dexter, casting even more doubt on the artist’s sincerity.

From the peacock’s Instagram account, one can quickly find their way to Ventiko’s website, making it even more likely that part of her motivation behind owning the animal and trying to fly with it is related to her artwork.

Fellow passengers and employees alike were clearly aghast at the sight of Dexter, his size, and his beautiful feathers during the extended period of time he spent at Newark Liberty International Airport just outside of New York City.

Dexter’s Instagram account noted that he and Ventiko spent approximately six hours at Newark attempting to board the flight. Despite having purchased a second ticket for the peacock, he was never ultimately permitted to board a flight on account of his size. According to the Instagram account, the pair then began a cross-country drive to their destination of Los Angeles.

In recent years, more and more travelers have applied for and received permission to have their pets fly with them for free on account of having them designated as emotional support animals. Unlike a animals that are obviously necessary to assist people with certain physical disabilities, emotional support animals often appear to be regular pets with which people want to fly without having to pay any fees.

This method of flying with animals seems to be getting abused quite a bit lately. A feature story in The New Yorker covered this topic at great length several years ago.

It is not immediately clear whether Dexter has made it by car to Los Angeles, or if Ventiko has benefitted from the associated fame related to the incident at Newark.

Companies Are Starting to Stop Using Stocks As Compensation

Why are many corporations are suddenly not providing stock options for their employees? Jremy Goldstein believes that there are three reasons that employees have had their stock options taken away.

 

One of the reasons for the removal of stock is that the value of a stock can drop significantly and the firm can end up being charged fees for a stock that is not really worth very much. It is called option overhang and it is not something that firms like.

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Another reason that this method of compensation can be risky. An option is great when the economy is doing well, but it can easily lose value if the economic hits a downturn. An option can seem as risky as playing blackjack in a casino.

 

A firm’s accounting department are not fans of stock options. The accountants have to keep track of the fees that they pay for options and they may find the costs of a stock option are more than it is actual worth. By eliminating the stock option, they might actually be able to pay their staff more since that money is no longer going to pay stock option fees. Learn more:https://www.slideshare.net/JeremyGoldstein14/aci-compensation-committee-presentation-2016

 

Who is Jeremy Goldsten? He is the partner of a boutique called Jeremy L. Goldstein & Associates LLC. It specializes in corporate financial issues. If a person or a corporation needs aboud advise about compensation committees, Chief Operating Officers, executive compensation and the governance of a corporation, this firm would be a good place to go. Before starting this firm, he was working as a partner at the legal firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz,

 

Goldstein has played an important part in transactions that have involved major corporations like Chevron, Verizon, AT&T, Duke Energy, Bank One and Merck. He is the board member of an important journal and a non-government organization called Fountain House.