Emotional Support Chicken Anyone? It’s Tasty…

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Travelling is stressful, but travelling during the holidays takes things to another level of angst and awfulness. Between the massive crowds, long lines, and weather delays, holiday travelling can make any of us feel we need emotional support. 

But airlines are a little iffy on emotional support animals these days. Remember the squirrel? The peacock? The miniature horse?

Fast food chain Popeyes has a solution. The company has launched a product called "Emotional Support Chicken," to, as the company puts it, “provide a good-hearted laugh most need to get through stressful holiday air travel." 

Travellers passing through Philadelphia International Airport will have the chance to get their very own "Emotional Support Chicken" carrier, to conveniently bring their fried chicken on board their flights. Yes, fried. If you were hoping to snuggle with this particular chicken, it could get greasy.

The box the chicken comes in is hilarious, with a cardboard beak and tail and printed feathers. 

The "Emotional Support Chicken" is labelled in big, bold letters, and has an entertaining description printed on the front: "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 "Emotional Support Chicken" will be available for the three-piece tenders combo while supplies last from Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen in Terminal C at PHL. 

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.



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