There’s been an epidemic of people bringing so-called “emotional support animals” onto airline flights, insisting that they can’t fly without their dog or cat to provide them comfort. Some animals, like snakes, hamsters, and peacocks, don’t make it onto planes.
But so many animals are flying in the passenger compartments of planes now that Delta recently implemented a host of new restrictions, especially on long flights, CNN reported. Numerous incidents have been reported of animal accidents, and in some cases, attacks.
According to Business Insider, “The number of emotional-support animals traveling aboard commercial flights has jumped 74% from 481,000 in 2016 to 751,000 in 2017.”
Delta alone says they’ve seen the number of support animals — and service animals — increase almost 50 percent since 2015, and they’ve had an 84% increase in incidents involving those animals from 2016 to 2017.
While many medical professionals see a use for emotional support animals for people dealing with trauma, the huge increase in people wanting to bring animals on flights has caused many people to suspect that some of their fellow travelers are just taking advantage of the airlines and bringing their pets with them.
That’s the types of travelers the popular Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen chain is poking fun at with their new meal deal. The company announced that they would be offering an “Emotional Support Chicken” for travelers who are dealing with stress. Sadly, it’s only available for now at their Philadelphia International Airport location in Terminal C.
The “Emotional Support Chicken” is a three-piece chicken-tenders meal in a box shaped like a chicken. It comes with a handle, making it easy to carry onto a flight and enjoy.
Popeyes explained that they decided to offer passengers their “own version of 'emotional support animals pushing the envelope' by offering travelers 'Emotional Support Chicken' — a gesture designed to bring holiday travelers some needed humor to what is one of the most stressful places to be during the holidays — the airport."
“This chicken provides comfort and nourishment during stressful air travel,” they also said in a statement, according to People. “Unlike other chicken, it is marinated in real Louisiana spices for 12 hours and must be permitted to fly without restriction. Do not leave unattended, as Popeyes is not responsible for lost or stolen chicken.”
Just keep in mind, though, if you partake of their deal, your fellow passengers may consider the delicious aroma of your tasty chicken meal more infuriating than your emotional support hyena. Consume with care.