Mouse Delays San Francisco-Bound British Airways Flight

Mar 2, 2017

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Passengers aboard a Boeing 777 bound for San Francisco (SFO) from London (LHR) were forced to deplane and switch aircraft because of a mouse spotting. And no, this isn’t a Samuel L. Jackson “Snakes on a Plane” spin-off.

Yesterday, British Airways Flight 285 was delayed more than four hours after a mouse was seen on the aircraft. It was discovered after passengers had boarded the plane and were in their seats, ready for departure. After the sighting, crew reportedly informed passengers that there was a “rather unusual occurrence” and the plane couldn’t take off. Because mice are known to chew through wiring, the aircraft would have to be swapped.

It took several hours for BA to find a replacement 777, but sure enough, passengers were later permitted to board a rodent-free aircraft.

In all, the flight was delayed about four hours and 16 minutes. After the passengers deplaned, BA picked up the lunch tab for an estimated 200 passengers.

Passengers turned to social media to voice their reactions — one in the form of a Haiku:

And another questioning if the mouse had his paperwork:

Following the delay, British Airways released a statement reading, “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco, but on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate. Everyone with two legs is now on their way to California, and we are sorry for the delay.”

Thankfully for all involved, passengers were able to soon continue on to San Francisco — mouse-free.

Featured image courtesy of British Airways.

H/T: The Independent

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