NeptunesCar
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Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 10:44 pm

anyone have any funny stories relating to unwelcome 'passengers' on their flight, rodent or otherwise?

on a flight from Miami to Los Angeles I once saw a long rat's tail curled around the base of my seat.... it darted off and about a minute later a woman started yelling that something had just brushed against her leg.... the cabin crew came running and eventually cornered it and got it.

[Edited 2004-03-12 14:45:54]
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RE: Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Fri Mar 12, 2004 11:11 pm

Imagine one of those rats penetrating any system in the a/c.

Could cause an accident!
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RE: Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 12:46 am

odd, I thought a R.A.T. was there to prevent something like that from happening  Smile
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RE: Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 1:00 am

a rat nearly did cause an accident on a VN A321 about 6 months ago... one got loose in the cargo hold and chewed thru some essential wiring... on a flight the pilot noticed erratic readings on instruments.... the a/c was grounded, and after 3 days of intense fumigation they never found it.
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752is
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RE: Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 5:41 am

A US Customs officer told me this one, one morning a Nigerian aircraft came into T4 at JFK the guys on the ramp opened one of the cargo holds and out came the largest rat anyone had seen according to this guy he said it was 3-4 feet in lenth with tail or not I dont know. From what he knows it was never found.
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RE: Rodents On Planes: How Common?

Sat Mar 13, 2004 6:17 am

A 3 to 4 foot rat is a tapir, except for in NYC, where it is a house pet.

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