Traveling during the holiday season can be a cumbersome undertaking thanks to crowded airports and increased anxiety levels. Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is helping at least some weary flyers reduce their stress by selling an “emotional support chicken,” a meal in a special box, just in time for the peak holiday travel period.
The promotion, which began on Tuesday, is only available a Terminal C in the Philadelphia International Airport, according to a report by Fox News.
While the deal takes advantage of the controversy surrounding flying with non-traditional emotional support animals, this emotional support chicken is TSA-approved, as it is simply a to-go box with a few additions, like a cardboard chicken head and tail.
Inside each emotional support chicken is a three-piece chicken tender combo meal.
“This chicken provides comfort and nourishment during stressful air travel,” says the message on the side of the box. “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,” the box continues, “as Popeyes is not responsible for lost or stolen chicken.”
In a statement, Popeyes CMO Hope Diaz said the boxes are meant to give travelers “a good laugh.”
“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!”
The promotion is meant as 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.” It is only available until supplies run out.
Controversies surrounding emotional support animals abounded during the past year, leading many airlines to impose more restrictions on animals in the cabin, including one incident where a traveler attempted to bring a peacock on a flight.
American Airlines revamped their rules, banning a variety of animals including “non-household birds,” insects, hedgehogs, reptiles, snakes, amphibians, all animals with tusks, horns, or hooves, and various others. The only exception for the “hooves” category is trained mini-horse service animals.