Holiday traveling is a rough business. Airport lines are filled with sniffling, sneezing, grumpy travels buried in their Smartphones hoping for the least amount of human interaction possible. While the airlines might be cracking down on “emotional support” animals, Popeyes is providing the perfect emotional support chicken for your holiday airplane adventures.

Emotional support animals provide comfort and companionship, especially during a highly stressful time like air travel. However, according to recent headlines, some travelers are pushing the envelope with the types of animals they try to bring on flights and classify as “emotional support animals,” including the likes of peacocks, squirrels and tarantulas. Knowing this, Popeyes decided to launch its new “Emotional Support Chicken” to bring holiday travelers some humor to what is one of the most stressful places to be during the holidays – the airport.

The POPEYES® Louisiana Kitchen team

Beginning December 18th, you’ll be able to order a three-piece chicken tender combo that comes in a cute chicken-shaped carrier complete with a beak and tail. Unfortunately, the only place needy travelers will be able to find this airplane-friendly fowl is at the Popeyes in Philadelphia International Airport’s Terminal C.

The perfect carry-on for travelers, this emotional support chicken is great with dipping sauce.
Courtesy of Popeyes

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!

Hope Diaz, CMO of POPEYES® Louisiana Kitchen

Now, who do I need to talk to about registering my support six-pack and their emotionally intuitive sidekick Buffalo Trace friend “Mr. Fifth”?


Ryan is the content guy at Rareview and thankfully, not related to the Pearsons. Bringing over a decade of writing to the table, as well as a hefty pour of bourbon, his delusions of grandeur keep him writing and drinking.

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