Mouse-Infested Plane

Status: Weird (but true) news
First I should note that I didn't title this post 'Mice On A Plane', since it seems that everyone else in the world who's written about this has already used that joke. The same with noting that the cure for mice on a plane is snakes on a plane.

Anyway, the story here is that an American Airlines plane was recently grounded because of a mouse infestation. I know that my parents (who live out in the countryside in Virginia) often have problems with mice getting into their car and chewing through cables, but I wouldn't have thought mice would like conditions on a plane. Too loud and cold. Apparently I was wrong. American Airlines has admitted that 17 mice were found on the plane, while a whistleblower claims that the real number of mice on the plane was much higher. Possibly as many as 1000. There were even dead mice found in the oxygen masks. (That would be a pleasant surprise in the case of an emergency.) The scary thing is that this plane was flying repeatedly back and forth between LA and New York before American finally did something about the problem. (Thanks to Jen for the link)

Animals Exploration/Travel

Posted on Wed Jul 19, 2006


If you park yer vehicle out back for anytime too long, the mice will make nests in the hood insulation, and the groundhogs may eat the brakelines. Just a thought
Posted by Hairy Houdini  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  11:25 AM
I wonder whether they really were mice, or whether they were nomes...
(Guess who's been reading the 'Truckers' trilogy recently?)
Posted by Boo  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  11:41 AM
My Dad had an infestation of mice in his car once. Just a few of them, not a thousand. Some well-placed mousetraps did the trick (this was before PETA).
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  11:50 AM
Mice on a plane, though, would be more than just an annoyance. If they chew through certain electric wires or hydraulic lines, the plane is in big trouble.
Posted by Big Gary  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  11:52 AM
>>Mice on a plane, though, would be more than just an annoyance. If they chew through certain electric wires or hydraulic lines, the plane is in big trouble<<

Not just the plane would be in big trouble!
Posted by Floormaster Squeeze  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  12:11 PM
yea that is something... lot of people have trouble just flying... noise. small space... hight... on emergency cases things busting open and mouces come running at you thatll be a site...
Posted by RisingSunOfNihon  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  01:01 PM
"In the event of a sudden cabin depressurisation, grab the nearest mouse and suck the oxygen from its lungs. Repeat as needed, using fresh mice." Somehow, I don't see that being adopted into the pre-flight safety lecture by any airline any time soon.
Posted by Accipiter  on  Wed Jul 19, 2006  at  06:43 PM
In the Fall we get squirrels hiding nuts in and around the engine of cars in my workplace parking lot. Usually it just results in some unpleasant noise and elevated heartbeat as the nuts clang around and fall out, but in at least one case the car stopped dead and wouldn't restart without mechanical work.
Posted by rikitara  on  Thu Jul 20, 2006  at  11:30 AM
My mom had an old '84 Honda Civic that eventually started rattling whenever it was on and running for a while. She finally took it in to get looked at, and the mechanics found a chipmunk nest in the engine. Roughly the size of a basketball. It cost Mom almost $1000 (this was in '94 or '95, I believe) to get the nest fully removed and the engine checked for other damage.
Posted by Seamyst  on  Tue Nov 11, 2008  at  01:20 PM
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