What’s worse? Snakes or
spiders – great big, hairy spiders – on a plane? It’s a trick question because
we believe many of you would share our wish to fly without being trapped in a
winged metal tube with either of them.
A DL aircraft was recently
grounded and pax transferred to another flight after an African baboon
tarantula spider escaped from its container in the cargo hold.
DL spokesman Brian Kruse told
the Baltimore Sun that baggage handlers noticed the gigantic, venomous arachnid
loose on flight 1525, a domestic hop from BWI to ATL.
The tarantula had escaped
from its container in the cargo hold. Kruse said the captain grounded the plane
while the aircraft was searched for any other 8-legged wanderers.
“They were able to capture
it, and they contacted the handler to verify it was the only spider in the
cage,” Kruse said. He added that the spider was confined to the cargo hold and
never entered the pax cabin.
When the captain told pax the
reason for the delay, many were eager to depart – from the plane that is. The
captain ordered the plane to remain in Baltimore to be searched overnight.
The result was a 3 hr. delay
and, we hope, a spider-free flight.