Your Worst Airplane Nightmare Came True: Two Tarantulas Discovered Mid-Flight
Forget snakes on a plane!
It sounds like something from a bad movie: A passenger sits comfortably on a plane when she feels something rubbing up against her leg—only to realize it’s a tarantula. Unfortunately, this was real life for passengers on an Air Transat from Punta Cana to Canada last month.
Reports say that the crew did what they could to calm down terrified passengers as two tarantulas roamed the cabin. "They gave First Aid to the person who said that a spider climbed his legs," said Julie Roberts, vice-president of Air Transat's flight attendant union. Crew members also told passengers to put on their shoes and cover their ankles to prevent the large spiders from crawling into crevices.
Only one of the spiders was actually captured during the flight; the other one crawled freely until landing in Montreal.
Experts said that the aggressive, but not poisonous, spiders were likely hidden in someone’s luggage to sell later.
Oddly, this isn’t the first time creepy crawlers have been discovered on a plane. Maggots once rained down on passengers from rotting food in an overhead bin.