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EEK! Rat Delays Flight To Denver

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(credit: CBS)

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SEATTLE (AP) – Alaska Airlines had to delay a flight about to leave Seattle-Tacoma International Airport when a rat was seen scurrying in the cabin.

The airline says Flight 676 from Seattle to Denver had just pulled away from the gate Thursday morning when the little stowaway was spotted. The 737 jetliner returned to the terminal and passengers and crew boarded another plane bound for Denver about 90 minutes later.space EEK! Rat Delays Flight To Denver

Airline spokeswoman Bobbie Egan says the plane won’t be returned to service until maintenance workers make sure the rat didn’t damage equipment or chew any wires — and an exterminator certifies the plane is rodent-free.

Egan says workers also are trying to figure out how the rat got aboard. She says in cold weather, “sometimes rodents can seek shelter in strange places.”

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