Any time a country or region imposes any sort of visa stipulation - even if it’s a waiver - the travel industry sighs a collective groan, knowing the obstacles and headaches to come.
Hold on to your hats because one was recently let loose onboard a Spirit Airlines flight!
On a 6 a.m. flight from Charlotte to Newark earlier this month, a bat appeared in the cabin approximately 30 minutes after departure.
Peter Scattini, a 23-year-old passenger onboard, posted a video of the bat flying down the cabin aisle while frightened passengers ducked and screamed.
me, twice a year: “i’ll never fly spirit again.”
me, this morning, after deciding i’d rather save 12 dollars: pic.twitter.com/ASqk3bb89j
— Peter Scattini (@jpscattini) July 31, 2019
Perhaps if the bat had an emotional support animal of his own it wouldn’t have gotten all skittish to begin with?
In a follow-up tweet, Scattini explained that he had no idea where the bat came from, and that another passenger eventually captured it using a book and a cup before locking it in the restroom for the remainder of the flight.
In all, Scattini told HuffPost that the entire ordeal lasted about five minutes. The crew responded quickly and calmly and, after determining there was no need to stop, the flight continued onto Newark as planned.
The airline told HuffPost that upon landing animal control officers successfully removed the bat, the aircraft was disinfected and searched as a precaution, and that no one was hurt during the incident.
“It is believed the bat started its journey in Charlotte, flying into an overhead bin while our crews were doing overnight maintenance,” said the airline.
After Scattini’s tweet went viral, he told HuffPost that Spirit offered him a $50 flight voucher.
“Once I expressed displeasure with this, they refunded the cost of the flight,” he told the news outlet.
A free flight and a live animal performance? What a deal!
No word as to where the bat is today, but here’s hoping it caught a flight back home with the turkey.