Turkey in the ... wha?!
Delta Airlines is being mercilessly mocked on social media after a passenger brought a turkey on a flight as an "emotional support animal."
The strange passenger began trending after Reddit user biggestlittlepickle posted this photo of a turkey sitting in the Comfort Plus section on Sunday:
Reddit user unclelimpy, who claims to have known the pilot on that flight, posted this picture, apparently showing the same turkey in a wheelchair:
Delta spokesperson Ashton Morrow confirmed to USA Today that the airline had accommodated the turkey under the U.S.'s Air Carrier Access Act.
The act allows emotional support animals to accompany passengers with disabilities, so long as they have approval from a mental health professional.
"While we can't always accommodate all pets, Delta employees made a judgment call based in part on extensive documentation from the customer," she said.
"We review each case and make every effort to accommodate our customers' travel needs while also taking into consideration the health and safety of other passengers."
There are some restrictions on animals that passengers can bring aboard.
Delta doesn't allow travelers to bring creatures including hedgehogs, insects, ferrets, snakes, rodents spiders or farm poultry — although it appears this turkey trotted around that rule.
This isn't the first time an unusual animal has made its way on to a flight.
In 2014, New Yorker writer Patricia Marx wrote a lengthy article about therapy animals in which she was permitted to fly with a pig from Newark to Boston.
Not only did the flight allow the pig aboard, but Marx also had an easier time going through security than she had without it.
But pigs don't always fly.
A woman was told to leave a US Airways flight in 2014 after she brought a pot-bellied pig aboard as an emotional support animal, ABC News reported.
The pig was reportedly being disruptive and causing a smell in the cabin.
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Some small processing operations will have what are called killing cones that will hold the turkey snugly upside down. (It looks like an inverted cone with a hole at the bottom to pass the turkey's head through.) Another option is to hang the birds by their feet as this small farm did. Those who have access to shockers will use them to stun the birds before slitting their throats.
The jugular is located and cut in one swift motion, being careful not to remove the entire head.
This is the step that usually upsets most people, but it happens a lot quicker than you'd imagine. The birds take just a minute or two to drain all their blood.
Once the blood has been entirely drained from the birds, the turkey gets placed for 10-15 seconds in hot water (roughly 180 degrees) to loosen the feathers. This makes the job of plucking the birds significantly easier.
Some processing set ups come equipped with automatic pluckers which are essentially a barrel with rubber fingers in it that loosen the feathers from the bird. If this is not available, the feathers are plucked by hand as is pictured above.
Cleaning the top part of the turkey involves careful incisions and finger work to remove the head, neck, aorta, windpipe and stomach. The head is removed from the neck, which is often saved because the meat from the neck can be used.
A cut between the joint severs the cartilage and makes removing the lower legs easy.
First the oil sack is removed which is located at the base of the tail. Next, the anus is removed. In order to carefully remove the anus (and not cut the colon), an incision is made around it.
The innards are loosened from the chest cavity by hand and pulled out of the bird. This includes the heart, liver and gizzards.
Once the turkeys have been slaughtered and eviscerated, they must be kept at 40 degrees so that they remain safe for consumption. The cold water bath makes that possible.