A United Airlines flight from Italy arriving at the Newark Liberty International Airport had to be taken out of service after ants came out of a carry-on baggage in one part of the cabin.
A passenger from the Venice-Newark flight described the scenario on Monday in a series of tweets and photos. Charlotte Burns, a writer and writer based in New York City, claimed that she had been bitten by ants after a passenger sitting in front of her opened her carry-on.
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"The guy at the front hands over his record (which has not been shut down, as the guy from the middle aisle notes) and ants, ants, ants are spreading all over the place. directions, "she wrote. "It's absolutely hey-beeby-goose-bumpy-get-me-a-gin-gross."
A spokesman for United said the plane had been set aside once in Newark so that it could be cleaned up and exterminated. He added that the ants had been isolated in a bag and were not native to the plane.
"We are concerned about the experience reported by our customer on United United Flight 169 between Venice and Newark. We had been in contact with the crew members during the flight. They had told us that the ants were isolated from the customer's bag in the upper luggage compartment and that they were confined in a limited area of the cabin, "said Robert Einhorn, spokesman for United statement in North Jersey Media Group.
"The plane landed in Newark this afternoon and was put out of service for reasons of extermination.We followed the proper protocol by warning the customs authorities, the immigration and the police. agriculture problem. "
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Associated Press contributed to this report.