Chris Pratt tries to take his “emotion support velociraptor” on an airline flight in this hilarious YouTube video.
Before we get to the video, let’s first establish that emotional support animals are real and can be very effective in treating anxiety and depression, including the anxiety some people feel towards flying. Not all airlines will allow those pets to be taken into the cabin, but most will at least allow them on the plane.
But an emotional support raptor might be asking a little bit much.
Chris Pratt is set to reprise his role as Owen Grady, a retired Navy veteran, and former dinosaur trainer. He’s paired with Bryce Dallas Howard who will also reprise her role as Claire Dearing, the former Jurassic World Operations Manager turned dinosaur-rights activist in the upcoming film, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
To hype up their film, both celebs are getting into some unorthodox advertising. Case in point: this video made in partnership with YouTube funny crew, CollegeHumor.
The scene starts off fairly familiar: Pratt and Howard approach some nameless airline’s check-in desk and are told by an unenthusiastic rep to weigh their pets and baggage. When Pratt lifts up a large-sized dog container that screams, shakes, and has inch-long claws sticking out, it becomes clear to the airline rep that he’s trying to take a velociraptor on the plane.
For those who haven’t seen the first four Jurassic Park films, velociraptors are a type of dinosaur that typically plays the villain by eating and maiming unwary secondary characters. Jurassic World turned that trend around by having the 'raptors use their terrifying arsenal of teeth and claws to save the good guys.
However, that’s not enough for the airline rep who adamantly refuses to allow a raptor on board. Even pleas stating that she is an emotional support raptor fall on deaf ears--although the rep might not have been able to hear those please over the loud munching of the raptor as she eats a steak offered by Pratt to calm her down.
Eventually, she escapes and Pratt is forced to don his heroic persona to hunt her down.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is out this Friday.