This One Rates High On The "Ick" Factor
As you've probably
heard by now, a new movie is set to come out in the United States
this summer called "Snakes on a Plane"... and the title pretty much
sums up the plot. That story is, of course, a work of fiction,
intended to appeal to peoples' fears of being in a confined space
with the slithery creatures. Well, in that vein, may we present
"mice on a plane?"
This is no movie, though. Seems that St. Louis's KSDK television
station obtained a hidden camera video of the conditions on the
lower decks of an American Airlines 767 recently... that showed,
among other things, chewed wiring.... nests built near oxygen
generators and air vents... and all the other, um, signs of a
full-blown rodent infestation.
The worker who reportedly shot the video -- while the plane was
in for overhaul at Kansas City International -- said that when
crews removed the chairs in the main cabin... mice ran
EVERYWHERE... even crawling down a mechanic's arm. Workers also
reportedly found dead mice in the emergency oxygen masks.
The worker also told the station an exterminator estimated there
were as many as... are you ready for this?... 1000 mice onboard the
widebody... although in a written statement acknowledging the
problem, American says that number was closer to 17.
Mice on a plane can a problem for many reasons... not the least
of which, besides the substantial "ick" factor, is that they could
start a fire.
Meanwhile, the plane is reportedly back in service... complete
with a new, mice-free cabin and ventilation system.
American says passengers flying onboard the infested plane were
ever in danger from the mice. Well, maybe not... but if any of
those snakes we mentioned (which, alas, aren't limited to commercial
airliners) should ever get on a plane loaded with
mice... at least they'll have something to eat besides the