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Flying on a plane is generally an awful experience, but next time you’re crammed in the middle seat counting down the hours, be thankful there aren’t 80 birds perched in coach with you.
An image is going viral on Reddit of a Saudi prince who brought 80 hawks on a plane Monday morning:
We’ve reached out to the author of the Reddit thread about the photo and will update the post if we learn anything else about which airline accommodated the birds, how long it took to situate them, and generally how well-behaved they were on the flight.
While this may look strange, transporting falcons in the Middle East is actually a pretty common practice. Falconry (training birds to hunt) has been practiced in the Middle East for thousands of years and is still a popular past time in the United Arab of Emirates.
A Reddit user pointed us in the direction of a very helpful Atlas Obscura article that says falcons can get their own forest green passports to fly in the United Arab Emirates. That passport allows the falcons to travel to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Syria.
The passport is valid for three years, according to the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment.
The falcon is the national bird of the UAE, so it makes sense airlines flying out of there would accommodate the birds’ transit needs.
A spokesperson for the airline Flydubai told Frank Kane, a reporter for UAE news website The National, that falcons must have their own seat and are placed on a cloth to avoid accidents. Kane said the business class cabin was entirely reserved for falcons on his Flydubai flight, so this isn’t as rare of an occurrence as we may think.
Etihad Airways also allows falcons on its planes.
Falcon on Plane
We all know the Saudi royal family have a lot of money. In 2015 Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the richest people in the world, announced he was giving away his $30 billion fortune.
And now, another Saudi prince has taken excess to the next level by buying his raptors seats on an airplane.
A Reddit user shared the photo, reportedly sent by his captain friend, that shows passengers surrounded by countless falcons.
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Saudi prince brings 80 hawks on plane
How to transport 80 falcons when you're a Saudi prince
A Saudi Prince Just Paid For His 80 Falcons To Fly On A Commercial Plane.
Saudi Prince buys 80 seats on a plane for his 80 hawks
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الأمير السعودي يشتري مقاعد الطائرة لنقل له 80 طيور الصقر