PHOTO: A Galapagos racer snake. (photo by Janeen Christoff)
Flying is already a stressful occasion for many travelers, but two recent flights were impacted by nature's creatures run amok.
Yes, we're talking a loose snake on one plane and a swarm of bees gathering on the wing of another.
First, a Ravn Alaska commuter flight was en route from Aniak to Anchorage Sunday when the flight crew was notified that a person on the previous flight had left a live snake on the plane, according to The Associated Press. The pilot announced via the intercom that there was a snake loose on the plane, but they didn’t know where it was.
A short time later, a small boy discovered the snake sleeping in a corner toward the back of the plane.
A flight attendant picked up the snake, put it in a plastic bag and stowed it in one of the overhead compartments until the plane managed to land safely in Anchorage. The man who originally brought the snake on the aircraft had not registered the pet for travel.
In a separate incident, a plane preparing to depart from Miami International Airport Monday was delayed four hours after a massive swarm of bees was discovered clinging to the side of the aircraft, according to CBSNews.com.
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The plane was preparing for a flight to New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport when the passengers onboard had to be evacuated while a beekeeper was called to the scene to remove the bees from the cargo hold.
Passengers were given snacks and drinks while they waited and were eventually allowed to return to the plane after the long delay. An airport representative said the flight could not take off with the bees on the cargo hold due to concerns about where the insects would go following the takeoff.
The lesson to be learned from both incidents? Appreciate your next flight.
While your ride may be delayed or you could be stuck in the middle seat, at least there aren’t snakes or bees on the plane.