If you’ve flown through the Middle East with any frequency, you’ve likely seen a falcon at one point or another. Over the years I’ve probably seen them in airports a handful of times, though I haven’t knowingly flown with one yet.
However, I’ve never seen anything like this. Reddit user lensoo shares a picture of what appears to be dozens of falcons on a plane, apparently belonging to a Saudi prince. You’d think he could at least let them fly in the comfort of business class. 😉 In all honesty, with that many falcons, I’m sort of surprised they’re just seating them in the cabin next to people. I’d be a bit weirded out if I were surrounded by that many birds…
I’m not sure what airline the picture is from (it looks like an A330 to me, and it might be Saudia), but it seems most carriers in the region have a policy regarding falcons. For example, Qatar Airways allows falcons in the cabin, though there’s a limit of six falcons per flight:
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).
That seems more reasonable than… dozens of them.
Would anyone else be weirded out being surrounded by that many falcons?