Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen is selling “emotional support chickens” for a limited time to ease the stress of holiday travel.
Holiday travel can be a super stressful thing to deal with. You have all the hassle of an international airport, including flight delays and re-assigned departure gates, and on top of that, you have to deal with your in-laws by the time you get to your destination instead of a beautiful tropical beach. With mai tais, and those little umbrellas.
To deal with that sort of stress, people need a bit of a crutch. Some turn to drugs (Xanax does wonders for air travel, we’re told), some to drink, while others turn to our little furry friends to get us through the tough times.
Airlines have come under fire in recent years for hassling flyers with emotional support animals. Admittedly, those animals have at times been as strange as penguins, tarantulas, turkeys, and kangaroos, but companies shouldn’t judge what helps a person deal with travel stress. If that animal gets them through a flight without an anxiety attack, then more power to them.
Fried chicken might be pushing the envelope of what is considered an emotional support animal, though.
For a limited time starting December 18th at the Philadelphia International Airport, the Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen location at Terminal C is offering “Emotional Support Chicken” meals to weary holiday travelers.
Essentially the same as the 3-piece chicken tender combo meal, you get a buttermilk biscuit and your choice of side, but no drink since you can’t take any liquids on a plane. And yes, you can take your meal with you while your board. It comes in a box styled like a chicken with some helpfully descriptive words scrawled 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."
It’s best to leave nothing unattended in an airport, lest it is mistaken for an explosive device.
While some might consider this to be an attack on emotional support animals, it’s important to note the scientifically confirmed calming effects of fried chicken. More than one nasty breakup has been soothed thanks to fried chicken, and we’re sure the same effect can be produced for holiday air travel.