Plane grounded by rat in cabin
Published 12/02/2011 | 09:12
Alaska Airlines has been forced to delay a flight about to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when a rat was seen scurrying in the cabin.
The airline said the flight from Seattle to Denver had just pulled away from the gate morning when the little stowaway was spotted.
The 737 jetliner returned to the terminal and passengers and crew boarded another plane about 90 minutes later.
Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan said the plane will not be returned to service until maintenance workers have ensured the rat did not damage equipment or chew any wires - and an exterminator certifies the plane is rodent-free.
Ms Egan said workers were also trying to figure out how the rat got aboard.
She said "sometimes rodents can seek shelter in strange places" in cold weather.