Airport officials announced that a flight from Baltimore got delayed due to escaped tarantulas. The 97 passengers were allowed to leave the plane, but pilots decided it would be better to keep the plane on the ground until all the tarantulas were caught.
Tarantulas are some of the most venomous species of spiders, according to biologists. Their bite could be deadly to humans, which explains why passengers on a flight from Baltimore got seriously scared when they found out tarantulas escaped from the plane’s cargo.
Flight attendants have realized that the tarantula was missing when they arrived in Baltimore. They have informed passengers about the missing spiders and began searching for them. The 97 passengers were allowed to leave the plane, but authorities thought it would be better to halt flights until the venomous insects were found.
The two pilots on the Atlanta-Baltimore flight decided to keep the plane on the ground for the entire night. The following fight from Baltimore to Atlanta was, thus, delayed for several hours triggering passengers’ discontent.
Passengers were eventually moved to another plane because the company wanted to avoid complaints. They have stated that these measures have been adopted because passengers’ safety is what really matters to the company. The flight staff has further added that their policy puts major emphasis on honesty, which is why the two pilots have chosen to provide passengers all their information.
The plane for Baltimore eventually left at 10 p.m. The flight had a 3 hour delay, but pilots were glad no one was injured or hurt. Some tarantulas were found, but authorities could not say how many spiders were reported missing.
According to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, spiders are not only venomous, their hair can also be very irritating to a person’s skin. They are all the more dangerous since their hairs are invisible and there is nothing that passengers can do to avoid them.
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