A Delta Airlines flight scheduled to leave Kennedy Airport for
London on Sunday night had to be evacuated when someone spotted a
mouse in the cabin of the Boeing 767.
The New York Times reports that passengers were switched to
another airplane after the rodent sighting, delaying their
departure by about two and a half hours.
Delta spokesman Carlos Santos said the plane had to be inspected
to determine if there was a mouse on board. He said the rodent
could chew through wiring on the aircraft, causing a potential
safety hazard. “Out of precaution, we changed the
airplane,” Mr. Santos said. “Plain and simple,
there’s not supposed to be a mouse on the
The delay did not appear to anger the passengers, according to
the deputy managing editor of the Times who happened to be booked
on the flight.
Still, with all the places a mouse could hide on a 767 ... lets
just say the phrase "needle in a haystack" comes to mind.