US airlines have been cracking down on the ability of passengers to bring aboard “emotional support” animals, but fast-food purveyor Popeyes has cooked up a promotional loophole, Fox News reports.

Travellers at Philadelphia International Airport can now pick up an “Emotional Support Chicken” on the way to their flight, but this bird is more comfort food than cuddly.

A chicken-shaped box contains three pieces of Popeyes fried chicken tenders and side dishes like biscuits and mashed potatoes.

“This chicken provides comfort and nourishment during stressful air travel,” states a sign at the airport Popeyes location.

“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.”

Popeyes said the promotion was intended as a “gesture designed to bring holiday travellers some needed humor to what is one of the most stressful places to be during the holidays — the airport.”

Real chickens will continue to be banned from the cabins of most US airlines.