Mice On A Plane

The next time you fly American Airline’s friendly skies, you might want to bring a mouse trap.

An American Airline plane grounded at the Kansas City International airport had “anywhere to 900 to 1,000” mice infesting it, according to a whistleblower. Feces was found strewn about the carpet, nests filled the air ducts, and the hungry vermin had chewed through wires and oxygen masks.

Yet, until anonymous calls reached the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) hotline and a hidden camera video leaked a Kansas news station, the American Airlines did not address the infestation.

According to Federal Aviation Administration regulations, airlines need only report rodents if they interfere with the plane’s mechanics.

Above right is a still from the undercover video. The highlighted portion illustrates a pile of mice poo.

Reportedly, the plane, N320, has since been made over, and according to aviation expert Mel Burkhardt, “it’s probably now the cleanest, safest airplane in the fleet.”

UPDATE: Gimlet eyed Doug points out that KDSK has the plane’s registration wrong. N320 is listed as a 4-seater LANCAIR 320. When it’s owner decided to buy an “experimental” aircraft, we doubt rodent tests were what he had in mind.

Hidden Camera Video Shows Mice On Airplane” [KSDK] (Thanks to Jpacooney!)


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  1. Dustbunny says:

    I’m waiting for the movie version of this. With Gary Coleman in the Samuel L. Jackson role.

  2. Aph says:

    along with the gawker art theme of mice swimming im seeing on an add RIGHT NOW and a completely TV responsible fear of rat shit and its toxic effect after long periods of breathing letme just say… damn you for scaring me with this shit im never flying again

  3. Multisyllaballistic says:

    That’s it! I’ve had it with these motherfucking mice on this motherfucking plane!

    Oh, man. That felt so good.

  4. This is just another step in the process of using biological natural methods to eradicate unwanted pests, like cane toads in Australia.

    First the airlines had a need to clean up the discarded peanuts and dry snacks that fell to the floor of the plane, so they released mice into the plane environment to clean up the peanut problem. Then the mice got out of hand, so they release snakes to kill the mice. People don’t like snakes, so they’ll release mongoose (plural is mongeese?) to kill the snakes, and so on and so on, ad nauseum…

  5. The Unicorn says:

    Um, crayonshinobi, I think you made a typo in your comment — when you typed “mongoose” instead of “Samuel L. Jackson.” But the good news is that you only need one.