If you thought the long screening process to get on a plane would drive you “batty,” imagine how you’d feel about sharing your trip with an actual winged mammal.
The 50 passengers that flew Delta Air Lines flight 5121 on Aug. 5, 2011 have insight on that as they were witness to a live bat flying around the cabin, mid-flight Wisconsin-to-Atlanta. A passenger managed to record the creature as it frantically fluttered the length of the plane (as well as the screams of fellow travelers) a number of times before finally being snared within a lavatory.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have since reported that baggage handlers working at the Madison, WI, airport (that launched the bat-jacked journey) noted seeing a number of bats – both dead and alive – on the grounds, leading to an investigation to see if there may be an entire colony in the area. As for the people who were exposed to the animal while on flight 5121, federal officials have determined that none needed to receive any sort of vaccination – good news for sure as bats are well-known to carry rabies and can transmit the virus to humans.
Watch the bat in action: