Birds On A Plane: Saudi Prince Buys Airline Seats For His 80 Falcons

January 31, 2017


This is a recent shot from an Airbus A330 of some of a Saudi prince's 80 falcons getting ready to fly the easy way. Falconry and competitive bird sports are all the rage with the affluent in the middle east, and birds can cost up to $250,000 apiece. A plane seat for a bird costs around $650, and they also have to have their own passport. Still, 80 falcons? That seems like a lot. When you're rich a rich prince when do you know it's time to stop buying falcons and start buying dragons? That was a trick question, the answer's four -- just like upgrading from houses to hotels in Monopoly.

Keep going for a short video of a similar falcon-packed flight from a couple years ago.

Thanks to Jan, who wants to know if falcon seats include a complimentary mid-flight mouse snack.

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