Popeyes selling 'Emotional Support Chickens' at Philadelphia airport

(Courtesy: Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen)

PHILADELPHIA (SBG) - Stressed out holiday travelers at the Philadelphia International Airport can now bring an "Emotional Support Chicken" carrier with them on their flight, courtesy of Popeyes Louisiana Chicken.

Starting Dec. 18, fliers who love that chicken from Popeyes can have their three piece tenders combo meal placed in a bird-shaped box.

During what is predicted to be a record-breaking holiday travel season, the fast food chain wanted to provide some soul food stress relief.

“We know holiday travel can be frustrating, and there’s no better way to ease stress than with a box of delicious POPEYES [sic] fried chicken and a good laugh,” said Hope Diaz, Popeyes' chief marketing officer, in a press release.

Emotional support animals provide comfort and companionship, especially during high-anxiety situations. After multiple reports of travelers attempting to bringing unusual pets on board like a peacock, restrictions on what types of animals can be carried on board flights have been introduced by airlines including Delta Air Lines, Inc. and American Airlines, Inc. A bird from Popeyes, however, is legal to fly.

“We appreciate how comforting emotional support animals are and wanted to create our own version. The good news is that our emotional support chicken is permitted to fly without any restrictions – one less worry for busy travelers!”


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