Tarantula escapes cargo hold, grounds plane

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Escaped Tarantula Grounds Plane Overnight Near Baltimore.

LINTHICUM, Md. A flight from Baltimore to Atlanta was grounded overnight after baggage handlers found an escaped tarantula in the cargo hold before the plane took off Wednesday.

Baggage handlers captured the “baboon tarantula” and verified with its owner that it was the only insect in the cage it had escaped, according to The Baltimore Sun. Baboon tarantulas are known for being defensive with a tendency to hiss when irritated, and they may deliver a mildly venomous bite, according to arachnid experts. The baboon tarantula was out of its carrier, and the flight’s captain ordered the plane to remain in Baltimore to be searched overnight. “Flight crew made the decision to fly to Atlanta on another aircraft out of an abundance of caution and the Captain explained the situation to our customers,” Morgan Durrant, spokesman for Delta Air Lines, said in an emailed statement. While the travelingtarantuladidn’t make it out of the cargo area,The Sunreported passengers were told to clear the plane, which was put out of service for the night so it could be thoroughly searched.

Delta flight 1525, which usually leaves BWI at 7 p.m. and arrives in Atlanta around 8:30 p.m., took off at 10:18 p.m. and got to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 11:38 p.m. on Wednesday, according to Flight Aware. There are different types of baboon tarantulas, but the website Pet Bugs describes the King Baboon Tarantula as “one of the most prized tarantulas in the hobby.” Full grown, this spider can reach between six to nine inches and is considered an “extremely aggressive species” that “should be owned by experienced keepers only.” The pet website said the venom from this type of tarantula is more toxic than other species.

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