We’ve recently seen people trying to take peacocks, squirrels, fish and even llamas on planes as emotional support animals, causing airlines to create policies stating only cats or dogs are welcome as emotional support animals.
Popeyes fried chicken chain has a hilarious take on the situation and launched a new to-go container that looks like a rooster and is labeled “emotional support chicken.”
From Fox News:
For a limited time, the fried chicken chain is offering travelers at Philadelphia International Airport an “Emotional Support Chicken” carrier when they purchase a 3-piece chicken tender combo meal.
The promotion, which starts Tuesday, will provide guests with a carry-on box in the shape of a chicken and a sign boasting about its chicken’s “comforting” effects for travelers.
“This chicken provides comfort and nourishment during stressful air travel. 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.”
The fast-food chain said in a statement that the carrier was 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.”
While it’s limited time only and in one location, it’s still pretty hilarious.
Brilliant, I'm gonna take a rasher of bacon & ham on my next flight as my support pig.
— John Hall (@jhgrafx) December 18, 2018
I'm so eggcited! I just can't hide it!
— Andrew Marsin (@Anxiousmartian) December 19, 2018
But as usual, some people can’t take a joke.
Hey, @PopeyesChicken, thanks for providing a case study in ableism as a gimmick for capitalism.
Also, CHANGE THIS PLAN. It’s an awful one that makes light of the real support needs of individuals whose psychological conditions are already stigmatized.https://t.co/yZPukb54gh
— Shannon Dingle (@ShannonDingle) December 19, 2018
This is not funny. It belittles the reason disabled people have assistance animals. https://t.co/gvuWjBO23k
— Amanda Levitt (@FatBodyPolitics) December 19, 2018