By Alison Fox
Updated March 02, 2020
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Passengers on a plane in India got a fright recently when a pair of pigeons boarded their flight and zoomed around the cabin, before the cabin crew finally ushered them out the door.

The pigeons — that were apparently looking for a free ride and a different way to fly — boarded a GoAir flight from Ahmedabad to Jaipur on Friday as it was getting ready to take off, The Independent reported. The flight, GoAir Flight G8702, was supposed to leave at 5 p.m. and ended up landing in Jaipur at 6:45 p.m., about 30 minutes later than expected, a spokesperson for the airline told Newsweek.

The birds, which were apparently spotted when a passenger opened one of the overhead luggage bins, finally left the aircraft when members of the cabin crew opened one of the plane’s doors.

A video of the incident was first shared on Twitter by India TV journalist Nirnay Kapoor shows the birds flying up and down the aisles as flight crew ducks to avoid them and people try in vain to catch them.

In response to the video, GoAir wrote on Twitter “we understand this was not the travel experience you were hoping for and we're sorry.”

According to Newsweek, the airline told New Delhi Television (NDTV) that “GoAir regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers and requests the airport authorities to get rid of this menace.”

This isn’t the first time a pigeon has caused chaos on a flight. In November, an Aeroflot plane in Moscow was delayed more than 20 minutes when a pigeon got caught inside, likely flying on board as the plane was being cleaned between flights. It was finally ushered off when a member of the cabin crew opened the cabin door.

And in 2018, a tiny bird tried to catch a ride on a United flight from San Francisco to Newark before finally being captured in a crew member’s hat.