Reddit user lensoo writes, “My captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks.”
My first thought was, well, he chartered a plane but there appear to be falcons only in the center section of economy with passengers in aisle seats on both sides of the aircraft.
It’s not clear when this photo was taken, though it turns out this happens with some regularity, here’s the whole cabin is bought for the purpose from 2014:
Interestingly, Qatar Airways has a specific policy for falcons.
They’re certainly important animals in the culture, which I learned handling one in a falconry lesson at Al Maha Desert Resort last year.
In the U.S. the sheikh might claim that these are emotional support falcons.
These birds could each bring one dead animal on the plane because they’re allowed one carrion. Word is the inflight movie was Angry Birds.