Saudi prince buys plane seats for 80 falcons

Each falcon had its own seat on the flight

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Saudi prince buys plane seats for 80 falcons

A Saudi prince loves his falcons so much he bought 80 of them their own plane seat.

We've heard of emotional support animals on flights but certainly haven't come across anything like this.

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The image of the birds on the flight has gone viral after someone shared the picture on Reddit.

User lensoo uploaded the pic and wrote: "My captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks."

While it may seem unusual to us, according to Mashable, seeing falcons on flights in the Middle East isn't that uncommon as falconry is an ancient tradition there.

The falcon is the national bird of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Business Insider reports that falcons get their own passports there to travel.

This passport allows a falcon to travel to Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Morocco, and Syria.

Etihad Airways allows falcons on flights, as does Qatar Airways, although it has a limit of six.

Back in 2015, the business class area of a Flydubai flight was reportedly booked out entirely for falcons.

Wondering how much it costs to fly a falcon? Here's the price list.

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