Penguins Waddling Around On Delta Flight Elicit Squees Of Joy From Everyone Onboard

We’re a bit batty over airline news today, but this one just had to be posted: If anyone ever told you something unlikely would happen “when penguins fly,” you take this story and shove it right in that person’s face. Two penguins not only flew, but they traveled first class on the way to a premiere. Sure, they’re still technically flightless birds, but at least they got to see how the other species live.

Pete, 6, and Penny, 12, didn’t just kick back in first class on their Delta flight from Atlanta to New York, however. After the captain asked if anyone onboard was allergic to penguins (how would you even know if you were or not, notes the author, which is a valid point), the pair of foot-and-a-half-tall birds waddled down the aisle, says a first-hand account on Yahoo.

The 300 passengers on board were allowed to snap as many pics as they wanted, but were asked not to touch the penguins on their sojourn down the aisle. The twosome were heading to a screening of Frozen Planet, a series on Discovery Channel narrated by Alec Baldwin — someone else who has made airline-related headlines in the past.

But wait! This isn’t even the first time penguins have roamed the aisles of the friendly skies. Others have been caught on YouTube, and just last month, a trio of penguins surprised passengers with a walk-by on a flight from Orlando to New York.

I need to figure out how to get on one of these flights and then my life will be complete.

The video below shows the penguins stretching their legs on the San Antonio to Atlanta leg of their trip.

Penguins, flying first class, delight passengers on Delta flight [Yahoo News]


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  1. Miss Dev (The Beer Sherpa) says:

    +100 for “Squees”

  2. clippy2.0 says:

    I need to get on one of these flights

  3. gwangi says:

    In the immortal words on Samuel L. Jackson, “I’m tired on these motherfucking penguins on this motherfucking plane!” At least I think that’s how it goes.

  4. axolotl says:

    “No fair, that lady gets to touch ’em!”

  5. drjeff says:

    I like this better than the six ostriches wandering around on my last Delta flight.

  6. StatusfriedCrustomer says:

    Penny was later heard to quote: “After years of dreaming, we thought we would finally enjoy our first flight, but we were immediately hit with baggage fees, unintended consequence fees, screaming children who wouldn’t sit in their seat, one TSA agent wouldn’t let me through because he said I had a gel-like substance even though I repeatedly explained that this is a layer of thick protective blubber and all penguins have it, and then the flight attendant said “I’m not responsible if you can’t fly” over the intercom and all the passengers started freaking out. Never again!

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  9. CrankyOwl says:

    “It’s practically impossible to look at a penguin and feel angry.‚Äù

  10. Velvet Jones says:

    Good thing this wasn’t a Southwest flight…

  11. RoadRageCat says:

    Is no one shocked this was a Delta flight where the animals on board actually survived?

    • Caprica Six says:

      I was thinking of that too, but they were not in the cargo hold and not subjected to crazy baggage handlers tossing the cages about…

  12. DrRonster says:

    How much extra was each passenger charged for the show? Nothing on those flights is free.

  13. XianZomby says:

    Their whole life they’ve wanted to fly.

  14. theconversationalist says:

    iPhone owners need to learn how to shoot video on them. Sideways – SIDEWAYS! These vertical movies are annoying.

  15. 4Real says:

    OMG they are adorable. Why cant I take a flight with them all I get is screaming kids and smelly

  16. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    Penguins crap like crazy. Who cleaned up the mess?

  17. crazydavythe1st says:

    I’m deathly allergic to penguins and….grumble…grumble..grumble.

    How do they get an upgrade to first class and I don’t? :(

  18. lvdave says:

    all I can say is “awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww”

  19. lvdave says:

    Wonder if one of them was named “Tux”…. sure looked like Tux…

  20. LBD "Nytetrayn" says:

    “Wait a second… penguins can’t fly…


  21. u1itn0w2day says:
  22. maxamus2 says:

    Seems when I fly all I have on my plane are a bunch of pigs.

  23. Press1forDialTone says:

    I guess going ‘first-class’ with the other 1 percenters allows you
    to violate all aviation regulations about animals. Penguins
    on the loose on an airliner. So cute and so wrong on so
    many levels.

    “Assume the brace position you little……”

    • weave says:

      A lot of people, in fact probably most, in first class are people who fly a lot for their jobs and get free upgrades because of it.

      • rekoil says:

        +1. If you can afford to pay the advertised fare for a first class ticket, you can usually afford a private charter flight instead.

  24. Justin D. Morgan says:

    So what if a passenger had been allergic to penguins? Which would be bumped from the flight (the penguins or the passenger)?

    • erinpac says:

      Normally that just means they make sure they are 3 rows apart, for things like cats and dogs and peanuts.

  25. TasteyCat says:

    Penguins are birds who swim but don’t fly. That’s weird, right?

  26. Pigfish99 the randomly insane says:

    +100 cute. ^_^

  27. shthar says:

    Is this why there’s fewer flights, and they cost more?

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  29. scoosdad says:

    I understand these flying penguins were VIPs, but if I had been flying with my dog in his carrier under the seat, and took him out for a stroll down the aisle, they probably would have landed the plane at the nearest airport and hauled us off to the pokey.

  30. Kestris says:

    That is completely awesome. I’d fly just to see that and I hate flying- haven’t since ’98. Heh.

  31. BigDragon says:

    So people can bring their friendly penguins, obnoxious dogs, and hissing cats onto flights, but I can’t take my socialized, calm, and sleepy after 4 PM bearded dragon on a flight?

  32. rsjames says:

    I landed at DFW a week and a half ago to be met in baggage claim by two penguins, an American alligator and a porcupine. Actually, they weren’t there to meet me, but the two koalas flying in form San Diego. I don’t know if the koalas flew first class, though.

    They had to remove the alligator, though. He got a little freaked out when he saw what some of the luggage was made of….