Nobody gets a hall pass at TSA and that even includes Bald Eagles.
A bald eagle who goes by the name of Clark was screened by TSA agents at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.
The handler of Clark called in before time and has even trained Clark to lift up his wings while being searched.
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THE EAGLE HAS LANDED: A traveler took a bald eagle through airport security in Charlotte, NC, where it showed off its large wings. According to local news outlets, TSA was aware ‘Clark the Eagle’ would be arriving for screening. 🦅 pic.twitter.com/TDy7pufuQb
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USA Today had more on the interesting story:
A stunning, winged traveler turned heads at a North Carolina airport’s security checkpoint this week.
Clark, a 19-year-old bald eagle, traveled through Charlotte Douglas International Airport on Monday, the Transportation Security Administration said. A majestic bird moving alongside metal detectors isn’t an everyday sight – so photos and video footage took off on social media, with Clark capturing many hearts.
“Our special guest was Clark the Eagle with the World Bird Sanctuary, who decided to give his wings a break and fly commercial,” the TSA Southeast Twitter account, run by TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell, wrote on Thursday.
“His airline notified us and we screened him and his handler. Clark is trained to spread his wings.
A bald eagle named Clark 'showed off a bit' during TSA screening at Charlotte airport https://t.co/8nFfPWJX3P
— CNN International (@cnni) August 27, 2022
Man Brings a Bald Eagle Through Airport Security at Charlotte Douglas International Airport
"Our special guest was Clark the Eagle with the World Bird Sanctuary, who decided to give his wings a break and fly commercial," the TSA Southeast Twitter account, run by TSA regional. pic.twitter.com/GQvDkK4RBy
— 🦅mai🇨🇦ke 🦅 (@maike809588) August 28, 2022
CNN got the scoop too:
Turns out eagles have to fly commercial sometimes, too.
Passengers at the Charlotte Douglas International Airport in North Carolina had an unexpected interruption to the tedium of the Transportation Security Administration checkpoint when a bald eagle, perched on its handler’s arm, spread its wings in the security line on Thursday.
The unique passenger is a bird named Clark, part of the World Bird Sanctuary, according to a tweet from TSA Southeast.
“His airline notified us and we screened him and his handler,” wrote the agency. “Clark is trained to spread his wings, and even showed off a bit during screening.”
The agency also posted a video to Instagram of Clark showing off his impressive wingspan.
Clark returned to his travel carrier after passing through TSA, according to CNN affiliate WYFF.
High Point University, a Methodist university based in North Carolina, reported that Clark was returning home from a trip to their campus when he was spotted at TSA. He flew over the heads of 1,600 freshmen students at their convocation ceremony, the university wrote on Twitter.
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