A U.S. Airways flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, was delayed after a shipment of crabs escaped in the plane’s cargo area, an airline spokesman told ABC News.
Flight 890 was scheduled to leave LaGuardia Airport at 6:59 p.m. Thursday, but instead left at 7:25 p.m. because of “some seafood cargo problems,” the spokesman said.
Passengers tweeted about the situation, writing that crew members were forced to round up the crabs.
Can't make this stuff up. Flight delayed cuz live crabs got loose in cargo bin. Have to catch crabs before we can board plane. Seriously.— Megan Hughes (@Choreocon) October 2, 2014
Was just informed our flight is delayed because a shipment of crabs escaped in the cargo hold #crabsonaplane— Blake Z. Larson (@BlakeZLarson) October 2, 2014
Passengers were amused, surprised and bewildered.
"Ladies and gentlemen your flight is delayed b/c a box of live crabs spilled out in the cargo bin during flight" @USAirways how is this real— Anna Scarcella (@Cscarcella) October 2, 2014
"If you are trying to make a connection out of Charlotte tonight that will not be happening" -sound of @USAirways gate agent killing dreams— Anna Scarcella (@Cscarcella) October 2, 2014
After the crabs were rounded up, the plane took off, arriving in Charlotte about half an hour late at 9:30 p.m.