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Falcons on a plane: First class treatment for birds of prey

(CNN) -- Have you ever boarded a flight dreading who might be your neighbor for the next few hours?

Maybe they'll snore, or encroach on your personal space, or perhaps it'll be a screaming baby.

Passengers flying on Qatar, Emirates, Etihad or Royal Jordanian Airlines, however, have a unique type of neighbor to worry about -- the pet falcon.

On these Middle Eastern airlines, the birds -- which have their own passports -- are permitted to fly, most often perching on the fold

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