Tarantula Delays Flight

Published: September 26, 2015

Tarantula Delays Flight, One little tarantula caused a bit of a stir on a Delta flight Wednesday — it delayed the plane’s take off after the creepy-crawly escaped from its carrier.

But breathe easy, it was never in the cabin, no one was hurt, and the creature only poses a mild threat to humans.

According to the Washington Post, Delta Airlines spokesman Brian Kruse said the flight had already landed in Baltimore by the time the arachnid was discovered. At 6 p.m., crew started to unload passenger cargo and “noticed a tarantula was on the loose.”

Ninety-seven unharmed passengers were aboard the flight and allowed to exit, but unfortunately, a whole new set of people were waiting to get on to fly back to Atlanta.

These people were told that their flight would be delayed several hours, “out of an abundance of caution.” The plane would be delayed overnight, searched, and declared tarantula-free before hitting the skies again, Kruse explained.

“(The captain) wanted to assure them there were no insects or spiders in the cabin. He wanted to be very open and honest of the situation. The safety and security of our passengers is our top priority.”

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