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“A Rat Hijacked Our Plane” and Canceled an Alaska Airlines Flight

ORG XMIT: WADZ201 In this photo made Thursday, June 11, 2009, an Alaska Airlines airliner is pushed away from a gate at SeaTac Airport in SeaTac, Wash. Alaska Air Group Inc., operator of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, said Thursday. July 23, its second-quarter profit plunged 53.9 percent to $29.1 million as sales slipped 9.3 percent.(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

On Tuesday evening, an Oregon-bound Alaska Airlines flight from Oakland International Airport was canceled when a rat was spotted boarding the plane. The crew spotted it when it jumped from the jetway onto the plane when the door was opened. It was later spotted in the cockpit and then it disappeared.

The flight was delayed for quite some time while staff members looked for the rodent and passengers Tweeted about the experience:

When the rodent could not be located, the flight was canceled, the passengers were rebooked on other Alaska Airlines’ flights and the plane was put out of commission until a professional exterminator could be called and the plane inspected for rodent damage.


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