Popeyes are selling 'Emotional Support Chicken' for those long, stressful flights
I'm sure I don't need to tell you guys as you prepare guest beds, scuttle around crowded shopping centres or grip glasses of wine, but the holidays can be a... stressful time.
Not only are all of your relatives and so-called loved ones under one roof for at least one day under the influence of alcohol, but after yet another year of political polarisation, you can be sure that someone will casually mention Brexit or the Trump administration and the whole thing will rapidly go nuclear.
So, my food lovers, as you head to airports and trains stations around the world quietly dreading the next couple of weeks, maybe it's worth making a quick stop to Popeyes first. America's oft-forgotten fried chicken joint has come up with a creative way of dispelling those travel nerves.
Along with plenty of other things, 2018 was the year of the extravagant, inappropriate emotional support animal. Already this year, we've had people kicked off of planes for trying to bring emotional support peacocks, squirrels, pigs or actual tarantulas on a flight, but somehow, we've managed to outdo both of those.
Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to the Emotional Support Chicken: a box of fried chicken you can now take with you on that long flight to help you get to your destination not only feeling good, but feeling full as well.
Setting you back around $8.49 (the same price as the ground version), a chicken tenders Emotional Support you is the best way to get through your long flight without airplane food, and you know what the best part of it is? It's all TSA-approved.
With the box - as you can see - shaped exactly like a chicken, there's a description on the front of the box that shows Popeyes have got a sense of humour about the whole thing:
"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."
Following on from this humour theme, Hope Diaz, CMO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen said in a statement that they were following in the footsteps of the emotional support peacock with their latest release.
"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. 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!"
There's only one catch, though - the Emotional Support Chicken is only available for a limited time, and only travellers passing through Terminal C of Philadelphia International Airport can pick up the chicken meal. Still, if you were thinking of visiting Philadelphia any time soon, this might to be the time to do it!