Rat On Plane Causes 9 Hour Delay

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Holy Smokes! As reported by SFGate and The Times of India, an Air India flight set to take off to San Francisco from New Delhi was delayed for over 9 hours when someone on board reported seeing a rat. I think I would totally freak out!

Rat On Plane Causes 9 Hour Delay

One of the world’s longest nonstop flights got quite a bit longer on Sunday when a rat was reportedly spotted on board, prompting a nearly 10-hour delay.

The Times of India reports that Air India’s New Delhi-to-San Francisco flight was taxiing on the runway at 2:30 a.m., when someone saw a rat. As per airline protocol, the plane had to return to the terminal to be fumigated. This process took about six hours, according to an Air India spokesperson, by which time the flight’s pilots and crew had reached the their work-day limit and could no longer operate the flight. That left the airline scrambling to find a new crew for the flight.

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