And Now This: Mice on a Plane!
Advice you never thought you'd need: Shake out those little pillows they give you on planes.
Why? Because of a story I spotted courtesy of eTurbo News , which covers the travel industry.
According to the report, mice were found on Sunday on a United Airways flight from Washington to Beijing. On inspection upon arrivial in Beijing, eight mice -- some dead, some alive -- were found in pillows. According to reporter Thomas Steinmetz, "Experts said mice could spread more than 35 fatal viruses, including plague spot and ship fever. In addition, they might bite circuits of the plane and cause deadly accidents."
Okay, so that's just a wierd thing that's never happened before, right?
No, go view this video aired on a local TV news statoin showing mice in an American Airlines plane in 2006. According to the report, a whistleblower contacted the FAA to report a mouse infestation on the plane. Five days later, the whistleblower contacted the FAA again to say the mice were building nests near the oxygenerators. The FAA said American did nothing wrong because airlines do not have to report rodent infestation unless the rodents affect the plane mechanically.
Wow, it is just me, or does that rule seem crazy?
By Cindy Loose |
January 11, 2008; 7:08 AM ET
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