November 25, 2017

Stowaway rats ground Qantas flight

Of course my family and I always prefer to fly Qantas - that Richard Branson, so vulgar.

Qantas has been forced to ground one of its Boeing 767 aircraft after flight attendants found five rats onboard during a routine safety and security inspection.

The aircraft was preparing to leave Sydney for Brisbane on Tuesday afternoon when the rodents were discovered in the planes emergency medical equipment only 10 minutes before passengers were due to board.

The airline grounded the plane at Sydney Airport while staff killed the rats and thoroughly searched the cabin to ensure make sure there were no more on board. The passengers were transferred to another aircraft.

Qantas was having its engineers do a thorough inspection of the aircrafts wiring and avionics to make sure that the rats had not gnawed through anything important.

Qantas said they expected the jet to return to service this morning but were still unsure about how the rats got on board the aircraft.

The rat saga comes hot on the heels of another Qantas mishap earlier in the week when a 747 jumbo jet was forced to make an unscheduled stop on the Pacific island of New Caledonia when it was found to be running low on fuel.

Always a bummer that – running out of fuel over the Pacific. Not too many gas stations in that part of the planet. At least Qantas thinks of everything. If a plane had to crash land on a remote island, at least there would be fresh rats to eat.