Falcons to go jet set on Lufthansa
They may not get their favorite mice and small birds on a tray, but falcons -- the raptor beloved by rich Middle Eastern falconry enthusiasts -- are soon to be allowed in the cabin on Lufthansa flights.
The German airline said on Monday that passengers would soon be able to take raptors onboard in a newly-designed device called the "Falcon Master" tray, which can be fitted with a cage attachment and feeding station, on collapsed seats of Airbus, Boeing and other aircraft.
"The 'Falcon Master' ensures maximum hygienic protection of the cabin walls, seats and carpets from soiling by the birds," said a statement by developers at Lufthansa.
The device is now in the design phase, and the certification process would likely take six to nine months before it is ready for use, a Lufthansa spokeswoman told AFP.
The target group would be customers from the Middle East, where falconry is "very popular," said the statement.
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