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Watch: Plane Called Back to Gate Following Maggot Attack


You thought snakes on a plane were scary? A flight to North Carolina from Atlanta was delayed by another kind of flesh-eating monster.


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  1. Eww. I'd have to take a rape shower.

    Posted by: crispy | Jul 1, 2010 10:52:53 AM

  2. Crispy beat me to it. Karen Silkwood's shower wouldn't be enough.

    Posted by: The Milkman | Jul 1, 2010 10:57:45 AM

  3. As an Entomologist, I can say this is a HUGE over-reaction. Blow-fly maggots don't "attack" people- they eat only dead flesh, live flesh is of no interest to them; And they don't "look at you" either- kind of hard to do without eyes. The only Dipteran maggots you really have to worry about are Bot-Fly maggots, and these are clearly Calliphorids (Blowflies); probably they were attracted by some spoiled meat in the galley or something of that nature. There was no real need to turn the plane back- Maggots are fascinating and adaptable little guys, but they can't exactly commandeer an aircraft!

    Posted by: wirrrn | Jul 1, 2010 11:00:16 AM

  4. Failing to clean the planes adequately moving to a whole new level..

    Posted by: Anonymous | Jul 1, 2010 11:18:23 AM

  5. First of all -- cool! -- another entomologist on Towleroad. I agree with WIRRRN; these look like calliphorid larvae. The passengers' reactions and the reporter's goading ("Was it disgusting?") were over the top. These and other maggots perform useful functions by cleaning up decaying organic matter. I know that doesn't sound appetizing, but think of the consequences if they didn't do their job. I guess from now on, TSA will be screening us for maggots.

    Posted by: Harrison | Jul 1, 2010 11:19:00 AM

  6. " Idiot! I said carry-on luggage goes in the upper bins, not carrion luggage."

    Posted by: Ted B. | Jul 1, 2010 11:22:28 AM

  7. @Wirrrn: that said, I would have loved it if this video had ended with : "and then the maggots commandeered the plane."

    Posted by: BCLance | Jul 1, 2010 11:23:38 AM

  8. Uhmmm, I hate to be the spoil sport but really, if I'm paying for a seat on the plane, I really don't want maggots, as facinating and useful as I acknowledge they are,dropping on me. It's bad enough having to sit in the middle seat, pay $$$$ for a lousy sandwich and not have the screaming, seat kicking kid behind me. Ah, the glamor of airtravel!

    Posted by: BobC | Jul 1, 2010 11:37:15 AM

  9. Ooops, meant to say HAVING the screaming, seat kicking kid in the seat behind me. Proofreading. What a concept.

    Posted by: BobC | Jul 1, 2010 11:39:02 AM

  10. LMAO @ Ted. Hysterical.

    Posted by: Sean | Jul 1, 2010 11:43:56 AM

  11. "Stewardess! I wish to complain! My sandwich doesn't have maggots."

    I loved her saying "when they're on your lap, they look like they're 10 inches long." Dear, you sat in the porn-star section. That's the guy next to you.

    Posted by: Fix It Again Tony | Jul 1, 2010 11:47:34 AM

  12. It disgusts me to read the maggotphobia on this site. As another reader said, they just want to lead productive lives, and we should welcome them into our lives, our homes, our modes of transportation, and even our restrooms.

    Posted by: niles | Jul 1, 2010 11:57:29 AM

  13. Ted FTW! Also, no, I don't see them in my garbage can! Gross.

    Posted by: Timothy in DC | Jul 1, 2010 12:04:03 PM

  14. Ted just made my day.

    Maggots are also very good at cleaning necrotic tissue from a wound. Much better than any surgeon could do.

    Posted by: Eric26 | Jul 1, 2010 12:07:00 PM

  15. Please! I can't bring a full tube of toothpaste or shampoo...and somehow....this makes it through security?

    Posted by: doug | Jul 1, 2010 12:20:06 PM

  16. Dear God, Niles. Gross.

    Posted by: Rodney W. | Jul 1, 2010 12:23:05 PM

  17. Well played, Ted B, well played!



    Posted by: AG | Jul 1, 2010 12:34:03 PM

  18. Only on Towleroad would you have 2 Entomologists commenting with intelligent insights. :) LOVE IT!
    Thanks BobC for the laugh and I couldn't agree more.

    Posted by: SFshawn | Jul 1, 2010 12:37:55 PM

  19. @sfshawn: Try reading a FARK science thread once in a while.

    "Carrion luggage." Ted, you win one internet.

    Posted by: Rich | Jul 1, 2010 1:55:52 PM

  20. OK.Enough of the crap....HOW did this happen???!

    Posted by: wonderer | Jul 1, 2010 1:59:54 PM

  21. @WIRRRN: You wouldn't happen to be a "Doctor Who" fan, would you? Because that's the name of an alien insect species the Doctor battles in a story called "The Ark in Space."

    Plus the third "r" was added in the book novelisation of that story...

    To everyone else: Yeah, I'm a gay scifi nerd -- deal with it! ;-)

    Posted by: JSH | Jul 1, 2010 3:19:47 PM

  22. This should make for an amusing lawsuit.

    Posted by: Drew | Jul 1, 2010 4:40:52 PM

  23. @EmilyLitella - Hilarious! I almost fell off my chair reading this.

    Posted by: suprman | Jul 1, 2010 5:16:04 PM

  24. Harrison- Us Gay Entomologists have to stick together; like Fruit Flies!

    JSH- Yes, mad keen WHO fan since I was a kid. ARK IN SPACE is my favourite episode, and deals with giant parasitic space insects, so I had to go with "Wirrrn"!

    Posted by: wirrrn | Jul 1, 2010 10:30:38 PM

  25. @Ted I lost.

    Posted by: Jesus | Jul 1, 2010 11:56:02 PM

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