Are you scared of flying? Does the sight of a mouse send you climbing onto a table shrieking in terror? Would you consider the possibility of a mouse dropping on your head during a flight a cause for alarm? If you answered no to all three of those questions, then you might love flying Nepal Airlines, which had a very interesting week courtesy of our little rodent friends.
Tuesday, a Nepal Airlines flight was grounded in Hong Kong after a mouse was seen in the cockpit. A spokesperson for the airline said the plane would have to remain in Hong Kong until the mouse was trapped and removed. As of this writing, the furry culprit was still at large despite four traps laid out for him, and the passengers were facing a second night in a hotel.
Mice are dangerous on airplanes because they can supposedly chew through cables and send passengers into a hysterical panic that might upset the flight. While the latter is certainly true, and the former sounds reasonable enough, I think I have to question the extent of the threat mice really pose to airplanes.
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