Watch a Seal Disrupt Operations at Alaskan Airport

Oct 27, 2017

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The Points Guy has shared all kinds of wild aviation videos, but never have we ever seen low “seal”ings have such an impact on air travel. An Alaska Airlines flight departing Barrow, Alaska (BRW) on this week was delayed for an obstacle on the runway. Turns out that this obstacle was an immobile seal.

You can watch the dramatic video here:

Posted by Scott Babcock on Monday, October 23, 2017

OK, maybe that wasn’t so dramatic. But, what happened off-camera seems like it wasn’t as tame. According to a first-hand report to View From The Wing, here’s how airport officials had to clear the seal off the runway

It didn’t wanna leave. Kept biting at the running board on the truck I was in. Trying to get it off runway so [Alaska Airlines] could leave.

I poked it a few times with a big wrench and it loved that.

Got it into the safety area and the local Polar Bear control guys came over with a snowmachine and sled and rodeo’d it away.

Problem solved. Back to blowing snow.

Too bad that wasn’t caught on film!

Barrow airport doesn’t see a ton of traffic, with around eight flights per day. Most of these are tiny aircraft, with just 1-2 larger Alaska flights per day. That said, Alaska wildlife probably keeps things interesting.

H/T: View From The Wing

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