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Ottawa, Canada - 205 Passengers Evacuated from Plane after Giant Rat Found in Overhead Lockers

Published on: March 1, 2010 12:58 PM
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Ottawa, Canada - An Air Canada spokeswoman said an airplane was taken out of service and 205 passengers left the aircraft at the gate after a rat was found on board.

The deplaning of passengers from what would have been Air Canada Flight AC888 came after the rodent was spotted in one of the aircraft’s overhead lockers, The Daily Telegraph said.

The aircraft, scheduled for a flight from Ottawa to London, was taken out of service after a pest control team was unable to locate the elusive rodent.

London resident Richard Jones, whose girlfriend had been expected to arrive in London, said passengers learned of the furry stowaway from the captain.

“He said: ‘We’ve got bad news. A giant rat has been seen in the overhead lockers and I need everyone to get off while we try and find it,’” Jones told the Telegraph.

“I’ve heard some excuses for delays before, but never because a rat has hidden away on a flight. It’s incredible,” he added.


An airline spokesman said passengers were accommodated on the next flight.

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 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:07 PM Anonymous Says:

almost like the nyc subways


 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:10 PM Anonymous Says:

how did the rat get thru security?
i guess he didnt have deoderant on him.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:14 PM Anonymous Says:

Was the Rat wearing TEFFILIN?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:19 PM Anonymous Says:

He's a stowaway who came into the country with a British passport. He wants to leave the country without any records for the Dubai investigators to trail.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

Not in time for purim....early start for the next one


 Mar 01, 2010 at 01:22 PM Anonymous Says:

My friend is an exterminator want his # ?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:06 PM AP Says:

Flagrant racial profiling! The rat did nothing wrong.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:18 PM Dovid from Modiin Says:

Rodents in airplane are very dangerous. They can chew through electrical wires and hydraulic lines, creating a safety hazard.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:30 PM Anonymous Says:

I smell a rat.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:32 PM GlobeTrotter Says:

Probably trying to save on extra charge for being too large by hiding in carry on luggage.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:33 PM Anonymous Says:

i guess the exterminator was fired because he couldn't bug off.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Was the Rat wearing TEFFILIN?

Doesn't say anywhere that he was handcuffed.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:51 PM Anonymous Says:

This could be the subject of Airplane The Sequel


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Come fly rat airlines!


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:59 PM Anonymous Says:

pritty sure that rat was brought onboard by 1 of the passengers. what I'm still thinking is, did it escape from his baggage by mistake, or did he let it go on the loose on purpose?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 03:25 PM Anonymous Says:

Now the terrorists can bury a bomb in a rat and explode it chas veshalom on planes or trains. Hashem Yishmor!


 Mar 01, 2010 at 03:37 PM avraham Says:

is this a purim story?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 03:49 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Was the Rat wearing TEFFILIN?

teffilin is not a joke


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:16 PM Anonymous Says:

The Pied-Piper ' must have been on board.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:17 PM Anonymous Says:

Blame it on Israel .


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:19 PM Anonymous Says:

Maybe it was a shtreimel, not a rat.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:24 PM Anonymous Says:

Could this be a problem with taking Matza on a plane?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Rats on a plane! Just how big is a giant rat? And had everyone on board taken their meds that day?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:30 PM Anonymous Says:

here kitty kitty


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Somewhere, a village is missing its rat


 Mar 01, 2010 at 04:55 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #18  
Anonymous Says:

teffilin is not a joke

I agree 100% and I'm not making a joke of the teffilin chas vesholom, I am just joking about the stupid story with the guy with the teffilin, the nonsense who brought down the plain to handcuff the guy


 Mar 01, 2010 at 08:25 PM aliza Says:

I have heard of "snakes on a plane" but who ever heard of rats on a plane?


 Mar 01, 2010 at 09:18 PM Anonymous Says:

If it walks like a fart its a rat or a politician. At least its not a crying baby.


 Mar 01, 2010 at 09:50 PM Anonymous Says:

Was it a two legged or four legged RAT?


 Mar 02, 2010 at 09:13 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #27  
aliza Says:

I have heard of "snakes on a plane" but who ever heard of rats on a plane?

To what jungle did you fligh with the snakes?


 Mar 02, 2010 at 11:35 AM tsa Says:

I think they should evacuate the airport because the rat slip through without going through security


 Mar 03, 2010 at 02:34 AM Pilot Says:

I hate to upset you but actually all large commercial airliners have a RAT on board. It stands for Rapid Air Turbine and in case a total engine failure, a small door on the side of the airplane opens and a wind driven generator provides basic electrical power for communications and control surfaces. I'm not sure that they come in giant sizes and it certainly doesn't belong in the overhead compartment, poor maintenance?


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