UPDATE: Loose Bat Causes a Flap on Delta Flight

Posted Aug 15th 2011 08:15 AMUpdated Aug 15th 2011 08:17 AM


Bat Causes a Commotion on a Delta Plane

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UPDATE 8/15/11: Health officials are still searching for passengers who were on a flight earlier this month with a loose bat, to warn them of the risk of rabies.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been trying to reach all 50 people who flew on Delta flight 5121, which departed from Madison, Wis., to Atlanta at 6:45 a.m. on Aug. 5, reports the Associated Press.

As of Saturday, the CDC was still trying to locate 15 passengers, according to the AP.

None of the passengers contacted thus far have required treatment for the disease. Those who have not yet spoken to the CDC are asked to call 1-866-613-2683.

Previously, 8/9/11, Passengers on a Georgia-bound Delta plane got quite the surprise Friday when a bat started flying about the cabin.

One passenger, who was asleep during the Madison, Wisconsin-Atlanta flight, was awoken by a scream and saw the animal fly over his head. So, he did what any reasonable person would do: film it.

His video, submitted to CNN's iReport, shows the bat making a couple laps up and down the commuter-sized plane before flying into the lavatory. One swift passenger shut the door, keeping the critter inside.

The plane returned to Madison and was searched.

A spokesperson for Delta Connections partner Atlantic Southeast Airlines told CNN that a flying animal was reported in the cabin, but he could not confirm if it was a bird or a bat.

According to news.com.au, there are reports the jet was searched and a maintenance worker coaxed the bat out of the plane and back into the open air.

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Aw, he looks so ferocious in that picture! I had one in my bathroom in a rented apartment once but nothing so cool on my flight. I suppose it wouldn’t be to cool if it bit someone though! He just wanted a Biscoff cookie. lol

August 15 2011 at 8:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Looked like a bird to me.

August 10 2011 at 9:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Extra "Battage" Fees!

August 10 2011 at 10:54 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Timothy Beeman


August 10 2011 at 8:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It is a "Vampire" bat. They make a small incision on an animals ankle and their saliva is an anti-coagulant. They then drink their fill of blood and return to their roost..

August 09 2011 at 9:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to JohnnYuma's comment

]Would it be able to survive if it went to a different city on accident?

August 15 2011 at 8:33 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Something "batty" about this story..

August 09 2011 at 9:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It looked like a bat.....I would have killed it.....it was out in the day time.....they don't come out to dusk unless they are rabid.....yes I know you aren't suppose to kill them......and to the person that thought it was a pigeon.you are an idiot...and yes it could have been Grandpa M.......lol

August 09 2011 at 6:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

jpost is right. it was a mistake to let the bat escape without testing it for rabies. Any bat in an enclosed area
could have gotten close enough to infect someone assuming it was rabid. rabies left untreated is 100% fatal. You dont have to be bitten. The bat just has to lightly brush against you. Airline made a real dumb move.

August 09 2011 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to ridgeleigh's comment

After watching the video , I dont believe that was a bat. So hopefully no one has to worry.

August 09 2011 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I wonder if it paid for a ticket since it was doing all the "flying?"

August 09 2011 at 5:11 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply


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