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Why are there 80 birds on this airplane?

Here's what we know.


John-Michael Bond

Internet Culture

Published Jan 30, 2017   Updated May 25, 2021, 2:35 am CDT

Reddit can be a source of incredible good or evil, but today it’s a source of, incredibly, birds. Eighty birds to be specific. Eighty birds taking up an entire section of an airplane. Eighty birds with someone to fly for them. 

The photo was posted on /r/funny with the caption “my captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi Prince bought tickets for his 80 hawks.”

Here are the birds—though whether they are falcons or hawks remains up for debate.

Redditors quickly took to action, deciphering all the facts of the situation. First, they decided the flight in question couldn’t be the economy section on Qatar Airways, as they only allow six falcons aboard the craft. What they were unable to discover is what supposed prince might have bought seats for so many birds. The birds themselves, however, aren’t weird to see on flights near the United Arab Emirates.

A 2015 Atlas Obscura report notes that falcons can travel like normal passengers do, to and from the UAE. They just need a special passport and to pass a security screening. Even falcons take their shoes off to fly.

So… probably falcons.

H/T Reddit

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*First Published: Jan 30, 2017, 8:15 pm CST