Social media is going abuzz over reports that a Saudi prince brought 80 falcons on a flight – and the birds not only got their own seats, they most likely have their own passports, too, as that is required to book a seat and so they could be transported in this manner!
Imagine how the other passengers must have felt as they shared that plane ride with those birds! I would have taken a photo with those birds but that is, most likely, not allowed…
Now, the photo was shared on Reddit by Lensoo who mentioned that the snapshot was taken by his friend, the captain of the flight.
In the photo, several birds could be seen occupying the seats while a number of men with turbans took the remaining seats.
The Saudi prince was not identified in the photo; the flight destination and the airline weren’t also mentioned but many people were shocked that the airline would allow someone to bring that many falcons in one flight! What if they flew in the cabin and endangered the others?
But it seemed like the falcons were well trained; though it is not apparent in the photo whether they were secured to the seats using a chain or some type of leash/strap.
A number of netizens tried to figure out which airline allowed the Saudi prince to buy those seats for his falcons.
For sure, it wasn’t Qatar Airways as it had the following rule: “You are permitted to carry one falcon on board the Economy Class passenger cabin of an aircraft, and a maximum of six falcons are permitted within the Economy Class cabin of an aircraft (country regulations may apply).”
There’s a possibility this was Emirates, if the flight had been within the destinations mentioned, “Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the Blind.”
Netizens believe it was highly likely that the airline was Etihad Airways who has the following rule, “We accept the carriage of falcons in the main aircraft cabin provided that all the necessary documents have been obtained. We also accept falcons as checked baggage.”
What can you say about the falcons in this flight?