Last week, an interesting picture of falcons in an aircraft cabin was shared widely online.
As with all content that goes viral, the spinoffs from the picture were hilarious and clever: “Saudi prince brings 80 hawks on plane,” “Raptors on board,” “Magnificent birds of prey take flight.”
The picture was not that strange, considering the appetite for exotic pets in the Middle East region.
Before the falcons, there was a picture of an Emirati man and his cheetah taking a drive in a luxury car.
Falconry is a traditional hobby for the rich in the Middle East, and most if not all carriers in that region accept their transportation in the cabin if the paperwork meets their requirements.