Flight Grounded For 4 Hours After Cat Gets Loose In Cockpit

Snakes on a plane, ghosts in the machine, pigs on the wing, dog-fighting… and now cats in the cockpit. Passengers on an Air Canada flight were greatly inconvenienced after curious feline found its way into the pilot’s seat.

The flight from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Toronto was held back from taking off for four hours this morning after the Toonces wannabe got loose from its carrier and not only got into the cockpit, but into the plane’s wiring.

Thus, the plane could not take off until after a crew could inspect all the wires to make sure everything was in place. The flight eventually took to the air four hours and twenty minutes after its scheduled departure.

The cat was not harmed, though we’re sure there were more than a few passengers who had catricidal thoughts while passing time during the delay.

On-the-loose cat in the cockpit delays Air Canada flight [Globe & Mail]

Thanks to SamiJ for the tip


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  1. Evil_Otto would rather pay taxes than make someone else rich says:


  2. Shampoo Lies says:

    Way too many bad pun opportunities. Could have been cat-astrophic. Catastrophe. Seriously though are they sure cat wasn’t what was being served in coach for a 7.99 fee which you can only pay with a credit card and not cash.

  3. GreatWhiteNorth says:

    Nuts! Now we aren’t going to be able to have our pets travel with us. The Terrorists will take this idea to its logical diabolical extreme… hybrid killer kitty’s on a plane.

  4. PunditGuy says:

    You know that I care what happens to you
    And I know that you care for me too
    So I don’t feel alone
    Of the weight of the stone
    Now that I’ve found somewhere safe
    To bury my bone
    And any fool knows a dog needs a home
    A shelter from pigs on the wing

  5. LanMan04 says:

    So there is exposed wiring in the cockpit that a cat can get into?

    Hmmmm, how about a misplaced foot? Sounds like a safety hazard.

    • PHRoG says:

      That’s where they stomp when the engines won’t start. :P

    • VintageLydia says:

      To be fair, a healthy cat can squeeze into a space no larger than in it’s head. If it’s particularly small or kitten, this can include under a closed door (I’ve seen it!) which is a space too small for adult human feet.

      • LanMan04 says:

        As the owner/slave of 2 cats, I understand this concept. I suppose it’s possible the poor terrified thing squeezed through some tiny tiny opening.

        As to your comment about the cat going under a closed door: I always thought the wedge shape of a cat skull would make an excellent and horribly macabre doorstop…I’ll need to make sure it’s not a kitten head, or it won’t work. :D

  6. CrankyOwl says:

    So…the article is implying that the passengers were not feline too happy about the delay?

  7. Cat says:

    Sorry for the inconvenience. I was just trying to get to Fuchal.

  8. The Upright Man says:

    You’ve got to be kitten me!

  9. George4478 says:

    Someone needs yoga….

  10. C. Ogle says:

    The cat was later checked in by the baggage handlers and never seen again.

  11. Dr. Ned - This underwear is Sofa King Comfortable! says:

    I would have been furr-ious.

  12. Jane_Gage says:

    Cats: what don’t they ruin?

  13. some.nerd says:

    Four hours and twenty minutes? Everybody must’ve been flying high by then!

  14. kylie says:

    Pinky’s back

  15. gman863 says:

    Sounds like Air Canada needs to buy some Stickhies from Vince to take care of their shedding pussy problem.

  16. Rhinoguy says:

    Annoy cat until it hisses at you. You have located cat. Spray Starting Fluid in that direction, it’s good old fashioned ether. You have thirty seconds to extract cat. Wrap cat in towel. You’re on your own at this point. Air out cabin quickly, ether is flammable and flashes suddenly, scaring many people and doing no harm.

  17. Maltboy wanders aimlessly through the Uncanny Valley says:

    Loose kitty. Cockpit. What more could a man ask for?

  18. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    yeah, i don’t fly with cats. if i must take a cat/cats somewhere [interstate move] then i drive. it’s the airlock principle. if they get out of the carrier in the car, the car’s doors are still shut. my cat has gotten out of her carrier in the car numerous times but i can just climb over the seat and catch her before i open any doors to the outside.

  19. q`Tzal says:


  20. Ilovegnomes says:

    What, no one tried the old ‘rattle the bag of food’ trick?

    • mianne prays her parents outlive the TSA says:

      They were going to open a can of tuna, but the TSA confiscated their can opener.