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Popeyes at airport selling 'Emotional Support Chicken' meal

Posted at 9:18 AM, Dec 19, 2018

It's been a year of headlines about controversies at airports involving emotional support animals: Most recently, a passenger had to give up a pet fish that an airline worker believed the owner considered an emotional support animal, which wasn't on the airline's approved list.

Later, the airline said it was sorry, and the fish should have been allowed, since it wasn't for emotional support.

There have been so many incidents of people bringing animals for emotional support that some airlines have recently had to update guidelines on what is acceptable and what is not.

The incidents have spurred Popeyes restaurant at the Philadelphia International Airport to sell an "Emotional Support Chicken" carrier, which is a box shaped like a chicken and containing, well, cooked chicken, for consumption while on a flight.

The carrier was made available only at that Popeyes location on Dec. 18.

The three-piece meal is a chicken tender combo, according to Fox News. Popeyes said the gesture is designed to provide humor to travelers in airports, which can be stressful places during the holidays.

The item will be available for a limited time, the company said.