Thu, May 06, 2004
Live Frog Hops Out Of Passenger's Salad
When you eat on board a commercial
flight these days, every bite is precious. A bag of peanuts is
nice. A cold sandwich is the passenger's equivalent of gastronomic
Valhalla. But a salad... when was the last time you saw one of
those in the air?
So imagine the surprise of a Qantas passenger headed from
Melbourne, Australia, to Wellington, New Zealand, when she attacked
her salad, fork in hand -- and a frog jumped out of the bowl.
A 1.6-inch long whistling tree frog, to be exact.
"There was a bit of consternation by the passenger who called
back the attendant," said Fergus Small of New Zealand's Ministry of
Agriculture, quoted by the BBC.
Small said frogs have been known to travel in the cargo holds of
aircraft down under. But this was the first time that the
Ministry's quarantine service ever heard of one popping up -- or
popping out -- of a salad.
A Qantas spokesman says the airline immediately changed lettuce
vendors and has introduced "additional procedures into the salad
The frog? He didn't make it. He was killed by officials from the
quarantine service upon landing in Wellington (We hadn't realized
the penalties for stowing away aboard an aircraft in the South
Pacific were quite so strict).
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