Someone Just Bought 80 Plane Seats For His 80 Falcons, And The Internet Is Freaking Out1 month ago
A picture shared with the following caption is going viral: “My captain friend sent me this photo … Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.” Ahmet Yasar who posted the picture told Bored Panda that it was an A330 airplane and headed to Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. However, the man couldn’t reveal which airline the picture was taken on.
It turns out, the birds were actually falcons, and apparently it is not uncommon to see wealthy person from the Arab countries transporting their birds on a plane. Hunting with falcons or have them for competitive athletics have long-lived traditions in the region and falcons are considered auspicious birds- for instance, Abu Dhabi even has its own hospital dedicated to falcons.
Various airlines such as Etihad, Qatar and others permit falcons to board the plane for the additional cost of up to $630 per bird depending on the nature of the destination( Qatar Airline pricing ). Lufthansa even offers a custom-designed bird tray for that intent. Oh, and falcons even have their own passports. It is believed that between 2002 and 2013, the UAE government issued more than 28,000 falcon passports, costing around $130 each. That’s not that big of a sum, knowing that the best of the falcons can cost up to $250,000.
“My captain friend sent me this photo … Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks”
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