UPDATE: Loose Bat Causes a Flap on Delta Flight

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

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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.

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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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