Sticky Situation: Bees Delay Delta Flight Over Four Hours

by Anthony Losanno

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Getting stung is apparently not the only thing you have to fear with bees. A swarm created quite the buzz at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) today when the passengers en route to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) on flight DL 1682 were delayed over four hours.


As reported on Twitter and covered by Eye of the Flyer, the flight arrived in Houston and bees swarmed the left winglet of the Airbus A320.

It’s amazing that Delta did not have any means to get the bees to depart. Apparently, a beekeeper, pest control, and ground staff could not figure out a solution.

It was not until the plane was towed from the gate (because the gate was needed) that the bees flew away.

Anthony’s Take: In the end, the story has a sweet ending. The passengers made it to Atlanta even though they were considerably delayed. I wonder if Delta will offer compensation here.

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