Delta's Rodent Problem: Droppings 'Too Numerous to Count' Found On Plane

Posted Apr 20th 2011 09:00 AMUpdated Apr 20th 2011 11:34 AM

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Well this is just grand: A Delta Airlines plane was grounded after rodent droppings "too numerous to count" were found by the plane's galley where food and beverages are stored, Bloomberg reports.

The Food and Drug Administration wrote a letter to the airline showing that droppings and urine were found during inspections between January 26th and February 2nd. News.com.au wrote that droppings were found in the left front galleys and urine traces were found on six galley ceiling areas.

The FDA told Bloomberg that Federal regulations require "all places where food is prepared, served, or stored shall be constructed and maintained as to be clean and free from flies, rodents and other vermin."

An Atlanta wildlife expert told Bloomberg that the animal in question was likely a roof rat, a species found abundantly in Atlanta.

A Delta spokeswoman told Bloomberg that the airline takes the case "very seriously". The airline parked the jet, caught the animal "humanely" and returned the plane to service within a few days.




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betsyb728

Wonder if the poor thing was given credit for the miles flown ... I believe all customers should at least had been given a number of miles equivalent to their age in rat years ....

April 29 2011 at 2:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ratawayman

Spray Rataway Fragrance to protect from nesting rodents.

April 23 2011 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Ratawayman

They should spray Rataway Fragrance to protect from rodents! Use on rats, mice, squirrels, raccoons, etc..

April 23 2011 at 3:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Joe C From Austin

I'm troubled that the article makes no mention of inspecting for wire/cable damage.

April 20 2011 at 11:12 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
MaryEllen

Ah, At last. The REAL reason that airlines have cut back on food service. The little rodent critters in the plane just put a crimp in their ability to follow the food service rules. Now i understand.

April 20 2011 at 8:52 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
LindyK

A bigger concern is their chewing through wires.

April 20 2011 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kateslate

Cleanliness is next to unratliness.

April 20 2011 at 3:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whiteyward

They need some snakes!

April 20 2011 at 2:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Carmen

No extra charge for the rodent droppings...............YET!

April 20 2011 at 2:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jeangenie127

Oh what fun! And Delta is the best airline
for the Disabled - like me . . . better bring
my own food & drink next time!

April 20 2011 at 1:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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