United Airlines flight from Venice to New York overrun with ants

first_imgBlog June 20, 20190 Comments United Airlines was forced to “deep clean” an aircraft after it was overrun with oversized ants on a flight from Venice.Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Venice to New York were left bugging out after an infestation of ants was discovered onboard.Flight UA169 was taxiing on the runway at Venice Marco Polo Airport, when travellers started to notice the creepy-crawlies.Charlotte Burns, a podcast editor, live tweeted the incident throughout the nine-hour service on 17 June.“On the plane from Venice to New York, when a large, fat ant walks over my pillow,” she wrote.“Minutes later, another fat little bug hurries over the television screen. Then another one—on my arm! These are bold. I start to feel itchy.”According to reports, when flight attendants checked the overhead bins, it was discovered that the ants originated from one man’s bag.“The guy in front pulls down his case (which btw isn’t zipped shut, as middle aisle guy notes to me in an aside) and ants ants ants spill out, running in every which direction,” wrote Burns.“This is where things start to get more inept. They open the suitcase ON THE SEAT! why? Ants running everywhere and guy in front is using his hands as little tweezers, picking them off one by one. Cabin guy is using sterile lemon wipes.”The swarm even managed to make its way to first class, NBC New York said.A United Airlines spokesperson said: “We are concerned by the experience our customer reported on United Flight 169 from Venice to Newark. We had been in contact with the crew during the flight, where they advised the ants were isolated from a customer’s bag in the overhead bin, and was contained to a limited area of the cabin.“The airplane landed at Newark this afternoon and has be taken out of service for extermination. We followed proper protocol by notifying customs, immigration, as well as agriculture of the issue.”center_img United Airlines flight from Venice to New York overrun with antslast_img