This is a real panda! China has this “panda diplomacy” and this one will be sent to Japan as an friendship envoy. For the safety reason he sits as a passenger with his feeder, not in a cage. Fastening the seat belt, wearing a diaper, eating bamboos..etc
Just look at this panda’s nose and tell me how this panda on a plane is a real panda. Not even close. I don’t know if the OP got tricked by someone else’s wrong information or if they’re purposely trying to spread wrong information, but people should not be thinking that pandas ride planes like people. They ride in a sturdy transport container for their own comfort and safety, and are probably shipped on their own cargo-type planes rather than planes with human passengers.