Last night United’s San Francisco – Newark redeye, flight UA1796, was delayed for a much shorter period of time than you’d expect when when a bird found itself trapped and flying around inside of the airline’s Big Metal Bird.
The aircraft pushed back about half an hour late, made up time in the air, and arrived at Newark 12 minutes behind schedule (anything within 15 minutes is considered on time).
#CNNBreakingNews Alert: #PETA protesting @united after live bird trapped in cabin (jokinggggg) but yes there’s a bird on my plane. #unitedairlines #travel #flight #sfo #sfoairport pic.twitter.com/KFINYW9ILO
— Jasreen Gupta (@jasreen_kg) September 21, 2018
It’s actually not that uncommon for birds to fly with people in an aircraft. Qatar Airways even has a bird policy. Each is permitted to bring one dead animal on the plane because they’re allowed one carrion.
In fact birds can be more dangerous when they’re outside of a plane than when they’re inside.
— AIRLIVE (@airlivenet) September 25, 2017
United’s Newark-bound stowaway was captured and released. When it arrived at Newark on its own it declared, “boy are my arms tired.”