A picture shared with the following caption is going viral: “My captain friend sent me this photo… Saudi prince bought tickets for his 80 hawks.” Ahmet Yasar who posted the picture told that it was an A330 plane and headed to Jeddah, a city in Saudi Arabia. However, the man could not reveal which airline the picture was taken on.
It turns out, the birds were actually falcons. Apparently, it is not uncommon to see wealthy people from the Arab countries transporting birds on planes. Hunting with falcons or using them for competitive sports have long lived traditions in the region. For instance, Abu Dhabi even has its own hospital dedicated to falcons.
SAUDI PRINCE HAS BOUGTH PLANE SEATS FOR HIS 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. 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 is not that big of a sum, knowing that the best of the falcons can cost up to $250,000.