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Popeyes launches ‘Emotional Support Chicken’ carrier. What the cluck?

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Stressed out holiday travelers may not all have access to emotional support pets, but at the Philadelphia International Airport, Popeyes has some help.

Beginning Tuesday, the fried chicken chain is offering travelers an “Emotional Support Chicken” carrier to go with their purchase of a chicken tender combo meal, Fox News reported.

The carry-on box with a cardboard chicken head tail extols the benefits of the product and its “comforting” effects for travelers.

“This chicken provides comfort and nourishment during stressful air travel,” a disclaimer on the box reads. “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.”

Popeyes’ effort to ease travel pressures took the light-hearted jab at the controversial emotional support pet movement that has seen people making unusual animal choices such as fish, peacocks, goats and ponies. The fast-food chain noted in a statement that the  to-go container for its “Emotional Support Chicken” was 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.”

The special carrier is only available at the Popeyes in the Philadelphia International Airport in Terminal C starting on Tuesday, according to People. And this choice won’t have passengers running ‘afowl’ of airline companies such as Delta which announced this month that emotional support animals of any kind will no longer be allowed on flights longer than eight hours.


“We know holiday travel can be frustrating, and there’s no better way to ease stress than with a box of delicious Popeyes fried chicken and a good laugh,” Hope Diaz, Popeyes’ chief marketing officer, said in a statement.

“We appreciate how comforting emotional support animals are and wanted to create our own version,” Diaz said. “The good news is that our emotional support chicken is permitted to fly without any restrictions – one less worry for busy travelers!”

Not everyone saw the intended humor behind the company’s new marketing gimmick.

Many others, however, appreciated the good laugh.


Frieda Powers


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