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Sometimes animals travel even more luxuriously than humans.

That seemed to be the case in a photo a Reddit user posted yesterday with the caption, "My captain friend sent me this photo. Saudi prince bought ticket for his 80 hawks."

In fact, flying with birds is not unusual in the Middle East, where falconry is a popular pastime. Qatar Airways, for example, allows up to six falcons in its Economy Class cabin (the rates are posted here—a trip from the Americas to Qatar has a $450 falcon up-charge).

Lufthansa offers a patented bird stand called a Falcon Master, which "allows VIPS to bring their falcons on board while keeping them nearby in the cabin during flight—a safe and comfortable solution for both owner and falcon."

Etihad Airways also allows falcons to fly in the main aircraft cabin.

Atlas Obscura pointed out that falcons, which reportedly cost between $5,000 and $250,000, require a special falcon passport to travel to and from the United Arab Emirates; the UAE issued more than 28,000 of them between 2002 and 2013, according to Gulf News.

Why these falcons' owners required so many of them on one plane remains unclear, but what a strange world it is when a veritable flock of falcons board a plane with ease and human beings find themselves banned.

[H/T: Mashable and Gizmodo]

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com. 
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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