Qantas jet grounded by stowaway baby rats

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  1. sobore
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    http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/...r-travel-australia-qantas-jet-cabin-baby-rats

    Qantas, Australia's national air carrier, grounded one of its planes in Sydney after flight attendants discovered a nest of baby rats in the cabin of the jet.
    Flight attendants found the five baby rats in emergency medical equipment inside the cabin, just 10 minutes before passengers were due to board the Boeing 767 flight from Sydney to Brisbane.
    The air crew was completing a routine pre-flight check of the plane when they found the stowaway rats in a cupboard that stores the onboard defibrillator kit, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.

    The flight was grounded, and passengers who were due to board were transferred to another plane while staff killed the rats. Engineers were sent in to check the plane and its electrical wiring. No rat-related damage was found, but Qantas is still investigating how the baby rats got on board. No adult rats were found on the plane.
    The Boeing 767 jet was taken out of service for 36 hours, and is scheduled to fly again Thursday, The Australian reports.
    A Qantas spokeswoman said that rats on a plane was a rare occurrence.
    "We don't know how they got there. The aircraft was at the gate for some time before departure and we are investigating," she told Agence France-Presse. "It is a rare occurrence. We have no record of it ever happening before."
     
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    Qantas.....the preferred airline. :D
     
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    There seem to be an awful lot of stories about rats on a plane lately. I think Samuel L. Jackson picked the wrong movie.
     
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    From the AP story "The spokeswoman denied that was the case. "This is a very irregular occurrence," she said."

    That would imply it does happen occasionally, probably just when there is a very good mistake fare that the rats can afford.
    Baby Rats? Unaccompanied Minors? Even with a mistake fare, the UM fee will raise the ticket price out of the reach of most rats.
     
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    Maybe they should fly to Accra. As I recall Ghana national dish is "Groundcutter" ...at the markets barbequed - as "rat on a stick"!
     

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