The Star Alliance’s proudest new member airline, Air India, seems to have a rat problem.
Via Channel News Asia:
Air India has been forced to ground one of its planes after crew spotted rats scurrying around the cabin, The Times of India reported on Tuesday. The plane was on its way from New Delhi to Calcutta when staff became aware of the infestation, the paper said.
“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.”
No one at the airline was immediately available for comment, but an Air India official speaking on condition of anonymity said rats on planes were a “common phenomenon” worldwide and could “get in anywhere”. The official added, “They follow the catering vans into the plane when they smell the food.”
Now I just have to decide what’s worse — the rats on Air India, or this “song” that was uploaded to YouTube today about rats on “Indian Airlines:”
In all seriousness, this doesn’t seem to be the first time Air India has had rat problems:
Fun stuff, eh? Then again, I feel like this pales in comparison to the time that two Air India pilots allegedly left flight attendants alone in the cockpit so they could take a nap in business class instead (though don’t worry, Air India assures us passenger safety was never at risk).
(Tip of the hat to Jack)