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A US Airways flight was forced to be grounded during takeoff when maggots began falling on passengers from overhead—the plane and passengers were forced back to the gate and the flight grounded—called “disgusting” by a passenger on board in video.
US Airways passenger Donna Adamo said she noticed a couple of flies on Monday’s flight, when she got to her seat—which she called “eerie”. But as the plane US Airways began to taxi down the runway for takeoff, the real drama began. Adamo said she heard commotion from a passenger behind her on the plane, who was refusing to take her plane seat.
"Then I heard the word 'maggot' and that kind of got everybody creeped out," she said. "All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot, which I flicked off me."
Reports say that a passenger had carried a container of rotting meat in a carry-on bag—bringing it on Monday's flight that was headed from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, says US Airways.
Reports that a US Airways passenger had carried rotting meat on board the plane raises the question of not just which passenger carried rotting meat on a flight—but more importantly a passenger from exactly which flight. With an outgoing passenger stating that she saw flies when boarding the plane, it’s not feasible that the carry-on luggage had just been brought on board for the presence of flies that quickly—nor is it feasible that the maggots had been able to escape a carry-on bag within minutes of being scanned by airport security, where crawling maggots would have garnered attention prior.
Passengers describe the maggot incident in video taken by Adamao.
The US Airways pilot announced to passengers that the plane and flight was returning to the gate because of a "minor emergency on board", a flight attendants telling the flight’s passengers to sit down and be calm, Adamo said.
"I felt like they [maggots] were crawling all over me because it only takes one maggot to upset your world," she said.
"And as they're [the US Airways flight attendants] telling us to stay calm and seated, I see a maggot looking back at me and I'm thinking, 'These are anaerobic, flesh-eating larvae that the flight attendants don't have to sit with.' "
US Airways passenger Adamo took a cell phone video as passengers deplaned--showing a small white maggot wriggling across the plane’s seat.
Once the plane had returned to the Atlanta gate, the passengers were asked to deboard, and a crew boarded to clean up the mess. The US Airways flight then continued on to Charlotte, where the plane was taken out of service and fumigated "out of an abundance of caution."
Abundance of caution? Remedying maggots crawling on passengers is an “abundance of caution” in fumigating a plane?