Rats are infamous for their destruction, with their gnawing and nesting behavior. Their success as a pest is mostly due to their small size, their hardiness, their short breeding cycles, and their capability to eat a very wide variety of foods.
Rats are active wherever droppings, fresh gnawing and tracks are noticed. Their nests are made from shredded paper or other material and are often found in sheltered locations. Most rodents have an unpleasant, musky odor that identifies their presence. They are excellent climbers and can scale any rough vertical surface. They will also run horizontally along wire cables or ropes and can jump up 13 inches from the floor onto a flat surface. Some rats can even slip through a crack as small as 1/8th inch wide.
Air travel is the fastest method of transport around, and can cut hours or days off of a trip. Savvy travelers favor air travel because it’s faster and less accident prone than other methods of travel. Air travelers can reach most domestic destinations in hours; international travel seldom takes more than 24 hours. Travel also benefits the economy, as well as additional aid to safety and health. Without air travel, much of the world’s cultural life and diversity wouldn’t exist.
Rodents being ubiquitous creatures are present in large numbers at various locations and sometimes also find their way to aircrafts causing a lot of loss and damage. There are generally four ways in which rodents enter in an airplane-the airports, jet ways, food carts or food vending companies, and cargo. Also since the carrier is a confined space they have no means of getting out once they are in. They not only eat the stored food but also attack mechanics like wires and cables, pipes or plastic components used in various equipments, which can endanger the safety of people and the electrical equipment.
Rats have been the cause of great financial losses to several airlines. There have been numerable incidences wherein flights were delayed or even cancelled due to rodent spotting. An incident was reported on 18th March, 2011where a plane en routing Paphos was grounded due to presence of a rat in the cockpit. The pilot feared that the rat might chew on some wire thus endangering the safety of all the passengers aboard. The flight was grounded and a thorough inspection was done to rat out the rat before the plane could resume its journey. Many airlines have a safety measure in place where built-in alarm system is present so that any breach in the wires would set off a flashing light alert and the plane would be diverted to the nearest airport for landing.
Another incidence was reported on 27th May, 2015 where Air India plane was grounded after landing in Leh, due to rodent spotting. The airbus was taken out of service for fumigation. In 2009, an Air India flight from Amritsar to Toronto was delayed for nearly half a day as staff tried to catch a rat that was spotted on board. The flight was delayed while a replacement aircraft was flown in. Rats on board an aircraft can lead to a catastrophe if they start chewing up electric wires; the paper quoted an unnamed airline official as saying.”If that happens, pilots will have no control on any system on board leading to a disaster.
Emirates cancel flight from UK to Dubai due to rat on board
Jun 22, 2015, 05.46PM IST
DUBAI: An elusive rat on board an Emirates plane forced the airline to cancel the flight from Birmingham to Dubai last week after officials failed to catch the mouse, forcing passengers to spend another night in the UK.
“The airline suspended one of its flights — Birmingham to Dubai — after a rat had been spotted on board which caused fear among the passengers especially after all attempts made by the cabin crew to rid the plane of the mouse failed,” the airline was quoted as saying by Khaleej Times today.
“We apologise for the inconvenience caused,” Emirates, the flag carrier of Dubai, said in a statement.
An alleged video footage went viral recently on the social networking websites showing passengers inside one of the aircrafts panicking because of a rodent in the plane. Emirates, however, said the video was not true as the flight never left the ground.
The passengers were then evacuated from the flight EX038 and transported to a city hotel and they spent one night there. The airline then arranged a flight to Dubai for the affected passengers. The incident occurred on June 15.
British boxer David Haye, a former world champion, was on-board the plane, when the incident occurred. “On tarmac and flight got cancelled due to tiny mouse running around cabin. So spending another night. What’s hot in Birmingham tonight?” he tweeted.
Planes plagued by rats have made it to the news headlines numerous times before. Ranging from reports about nests of rats in the aircraft cabinet, to reports of rat droppings that were “too numerous to count”, the media has shown it all. Following is a news article about the infamous rat trouble of Delta Airlines, and the ensuing FDA assessment of the scenario:
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