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Someone Just Bought 80 Plane Seats For His 80 Falcons, And The Internet Is Freaking Out
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Someone Just Bought 80 Plane Seats For His 80 Falcons, And The Internet Is Freaking Out

A picture shared with the following caption is going viral: “My captain friend sent me this photo… Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.” Ahmet Yasar who posted the picture told Bored Panda that it was an A330 plane and headed to Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. However, the man couldn’t reveal which airline the picture was taken on.

It turns out, the birds were actually falcons, and apparently it is not uncommon to see wealthy people from the Arab countries transporting their birds on a plane. Hunting with falcons or using them for competitive sports have long-lived traditions in the region and falcons are considered auspicious birds – for instance, Abu Dhabi even has its own hospital dedicated to falcons.

Various airlines such as Etihad, Qatar and others allow falcons to board the plane for the additional cost of up to $630 per bird depending on the destination (Qatar Airlines pricing). Lufthansa even offers a custom-designed bird tray for that purpose. Oh, and falcons even have their own passports. It is believed that between 2002 and 2013, the UAE government issued more than 28,000 falcon passports, costing around $130 each. That’s not that big of a sum, knowing that the best of the falcons can cost up to $250,000.

More info: Twitter (h/t)

“My captain friend sent me this photo… Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks”

Image credits: lensoo

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Iván Ramírez
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's even more ironical when you remember hawks can actually fly.

Kjorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

people with shitload of money don't know what to do with it it's fucking stupid. seat for each of the birds? damn... i can't afford a single trip by plane myself

Nomadus Aureus
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of those falcons are worth as much as my yearly uni tuition fee. These are highly trained sports and hunting birds. Keeping them is a fortune in itself.

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Wojtek Pośniak
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this moment when the "blind" hawks have a better life than you

Sally Vogel
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll bet they don't think so. Not much of a life for them, they are meant to be free.

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Iván Ramírez
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It's even more ironical when you remember hawks can actually fly.

Kjorn
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

people with shitload of money don't know what to do with it it's fucking stupid. seat for each of the birds? damn... i can't afford a single trip by plane myself

Nomadus Aureus
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some of those falcons are worth as much as my yearly uni tuition fee. These are highly trained sports and hunting birds. Keeping them is a fortune in itself.

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Wojtek Pośniak
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

this moment when the "blind" hawks have a better life than you

Sally Vogel
Community Member
5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'll bet they don't think so. Not much of a life for them, they are meant to be free.

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