A bewildering photo has emerged on forum site Reddit claiming that a Saudi Arabian prince has bought plane tickets for 80 of his hawks!
Have you gotten your head around that yet? Well, according to The Telegraph, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Etihad and Lufthansa all make specific allowances for hawks on certain flights.
Falconry, says the site, is a popular Arab hunting pastime, hence the lax cabin rules - talk about annoying passengers!
“Animals are not permitted in the cabin of Emirates flights, with the exception of falcons between Dubai and certain destinations in Pakistan, and Guide Dogs for the Blind,” says Emirates. “We accept the carriage of falcons in the main aircraft cabin provided that all the necessary documents have been obtained,” echoes
The Telegraph further references a 2013 Gulf News report that between 2002 and 2013, 28 000 passports were issued to falcons “in a bid to combat the illegal trade of the birds”.
Reddit users have made the most of the situation, poking fun at the royal raptors.
“Doesn’t he know hawks can fly!?” asked one dumbfounded and witty user. “Nah I wouldn't let a hawk fly my plane,” replied another.
What do you think? Would you fly alongside a bird of prey? I could think of worse neighbours!