Thursday, February 2, 2017

Birds On A Plane

No-- they're not on their way to the Super Bowl.  According to this reddit discussion, a Saudi Prince bought economy class seats for each of 80 falcons.  Apparently this is not an uncommon scenario, as Qatar airways publishes special rates for transporting falcons in economy class (although the limit is supposed to be six per cabin).  One would assume that each bird was limited to one carrion.

Arab culture is steeped in the sport of falconry-- hunting with birds of prey dates back to 8,000 BCE in Iran. Up to 50 percent of the world’s falconers today are located in the Middle East, and many travel across borders for hunting and competitions. in fact, the UAE issues falcon passports in order to combat smuggling. 

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