It’s really not that facile to even contemplate transporting 80 birds on a plane. But, a Saudi prince did exactly just that, when he bought out most of the tickets of a passenger plane and brought along with him 80 birds of prey.
80 hawks and falcons were brought onto the plane with their wings tied so that they could not fly around. The birds are believed to be on a Qatar flight but it has not been confirmed yet.
After the image was posted online, it raised quite a few eyebrows on the social media site with many people challenging whether the birds were falcons or hawks.
However, this is not the first time hawks and falcons have been the passengers aboard a flight. A similar image was shared around four years ago on a social media site.
On middle eastern airlines, the transportation of falcons is fairly usual. Qatar Airways allows up to six of the birds to be transported in economy class, with prices ranging from 90 to 500 British Pounds (420 to 2300 Saudi Riyals) per bird depending on the destination.
In the UAE, hawks are considered important in the culture and they can even have their own passports. There are also laws against discrimination towards falcons.
Title image: viewfromthewing