I wouldnt want to fly on that plane
But i bet their trying to find as many ways of suiing the flight as possible !!!
A shaken passenger has recounted how a US Airways flight from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, was temporarily grounded on Monday by maggots. Donna Adamo explained that fellow flyer Desiree Harrell noticed said creatures falling from an overhead locker, and declined to take her seat. Adamo, though, did park her arse and " …
The ones they have in the south of USA and north of Mexico can actually burrow in skin and cause some serious problems. They ended up having to have a special program to release millions of sterilised flies into the wild each year to reduce the damage to livestock (and humans).
Atlanta AFAIK is outside the screw-worm fly main area. However, I cannot blame anyone who has seen what these can do wanting to stay away from it.
It was another passenger, that for some unknown reason, brought a container of maggotty, rotten meat on a plane in (an obviously) unsealed container and placed it in the overhead luggage compatment. And so the other passengers are trying to sue the airline...
Gotta love the average americans logic, dont you?
What i would really be interested to know is how this package got through security in the first place, considering the level of hysterical paranoia associated with any flying in the US! I guess security were too busy perving on the full body scanners to pay much attention to the carry on luggage...
& I suppose that raises another point - who on Earth carries meat on an aircraft in their carry on luggage? And more so who carries rotting meat anywhere???
"the aircraft had not been cleaned for so long that it had rotted"
No; just long enough for the maggots to hatch from eggs and feed, which could be as little as half a day in a warm airplane, depending on what kind of fly these maggots were larvae of. The meat didn't need to be rotten, just warm enough for the maggots to hatch and be active.
How do you expect the maggots to get onto such food? Any eggs laid are highly unlikely to survive the cooking process.
Besides the fact that before the maggots could hatch the smell of rotting protein is likely to have alerted or offended someone first. Anyone remember The Spark's stinky meat project?
It actually states on other news sources that it was another passenger that brought on the rotting meat. No i have yet to find a reason why. But the BBC was kind enough to elaborate that the person who did bring it on, did not make the flight when it eventually did take off (im guessing they were answering some very interesting questions at airport security), but that they did manage to fly on a later flight. Its also not clear whether the meat made the later flight or not...
Come on El Reg use those investigative juices, the people want answers! :P
"... But the BBC was kind enough to elaborate that the person who did bring it on, did not make the flight when it eventually did take off ..."
Does this mean a passenger got on the plane, put their bags in the overhead locker and then got off again? WTF?
I could understand checked luggage making on to a plane without the passenger but carry-on?...
"(im guessing they were answering some very interesting questions at airport security)"
And if the passenger was stuck at security, where would their bag be? ;o)
The plane returned to the terminal after the discovery of the maggots, all of the passengers got off the plane, the crew cleaned the aircraft and then the passengers got back on and took off (except for the maggot passenger of course). I can only assume that the passengers were told to take there carry on luggage with them when they got off the plane. That would have also meant that one of the chuckers (sorry: baggage handlers) would have had to go on board and remove the maggot passenger's checked in luggage from the aircraft as your luggage is not allowed to fly if your not on the plane as well...
@ Peyton - it says on the BBC article that the woman was planning to sue the airline. The information might not have been in the reg article but that doesnt mean it didnt happen...
People routinely fail to realize when meat has had fly eggs deposited on it. It doesn't have to be rotten or even "off" for that to happen. The eggs are not large or particularly noticeable (unless you know what you are looking for) and are generally laid in a crevice or under an edge. It doesn't take long for them to develop into a mass of maggots.
And that is probably why I was once served a prawn salad in a restaurant that was alive and writhing (when I pointed it out to the waiter, he asked if I would like to order something else).
It was an article, that for some unknown reason, made no mention of law suits. And so the commentard has to make up something to post about.
Gotta love the average commentard logic, dont you?
I can't help but wonder what this ability - to read what is not there - is called? Hyperliteracy maybe?
I brought a takeaway burger in George Bush Airport Houston on a Friday but couldn't eat it after the fries stuffed me so I took it in its box onto the plane, flew to London, went home, put it in the fridge, a bit peckish Tuesday, so there it was, delicious! Anyway I could easily have left it in the overhead locker to get all icky, some cabin crew aren't very tall and they're only really looking for big bags, not something neutral coloured and flat. Maybe...
...or either, to frequent such a news agency as would sensationalize this incident for purpose of news ratings.
Someone screwed up, stored a hunk of spoiled meat stuff on the plane, people got grossed out with the maggots that followed - that's news?
* But please, let's *not* start trying to profile people about that? Thxbai
Given how paranoid the thieving employees of TSA are it is practically impossible that it "was caused by a passenger who brought a container of spoiled meat onto the plane" as TSA would have found it first.
Likely it was airline food, a recent report from the U.S. FDA that has condemned many airline 'kitchens' reporting all manner of extreme violations of hygiene rules, rodents, etc.
In saying it was a passenger, US Airways demonstrates just how delusioned it is as overhead lockers are checked after each flight for stuff left behind by PAX.
Besides the smell would have alerted any decent airline. US Air was the carrier that allowed a Vietnamese pot bellied pig to travel in the cabin when the owner/passenger said it was like a dog to her!
Good lord, had they been properly liquored up they wouldn't have stampeded like that. Even if one gets through security and makes it to the closest bard during the first boarding call, there's still ample time time for at least 6 rum & cokes. If you're riding in first class on such a short flight, you still have time to choke down 2 or 3 martini's before the plane takes off.
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