Birds on a plane: Saudi prince brings 80 falcons on a flight, and each has its own paid seat

  • A Saudi prince brought 80 falcons on a commercial flight
  • Each bird took a seat paid for by the prince
  • The viral photo, supposedly coming from a pilot, was shared by a Reddit user

Traveling with pets onboard a plane is not unusual for most people, but this Saudi prince took it to the next level by bringing along 80 birds on a flight – all seats paid.

A Reddit user has shared an interesting photo supposedly coming from a pilot-friend. The user said a Saudi prince bought tickets for 80 hawks.

The picture showed several birds taking seats, occupying mostly the middle row of a plane, while other passengers – majority of whom are wearing the traditional Arab headdress ‘Keffiyeh’ – are seated on the sides.

While the sharer mentioned ‘hawks, it is very likely, according to Business Insider, that the birds are falcons which is very popular among Arabs in the Middle East and is being used for hunting and sport.

Falcon is also the national bird of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) where members of royal families are known to bring along these pets even when traveling by plane.

Image by Reddit user ‘lensoo’

The Reddit user did not say which airline the Saudi prince took, but most Gulf airlines allow falcons onboard, but with certain guidelines.

“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,” Etihad said in its website.

Qatar Airways also offered this: “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).

For what it’s worth, pets can be brought on a commercial flight in either of these three ways – in-cabin, checked baggage or manifest cargo; but that unnamed Saudi prince surely has a lot of money to spare to buy 80 seats for his birds.