Spirit Airlines passengers spooked by bat on plane



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Robert Lindeman

Travelers on a Spirit Airlines flight from North Carolina to New Jersey were spooked by an unwelcome passenger this week: a bat flying through the cabin.

And, no, it doesn’t appear to be an emotional support animal.

Peter Scattini, a 23-year-old passenger on the budget airline’s 6 a.m. flight from Charlotte to Newark Wednesday, posted a 13-second video of the incident on Twitter along with the caption: “Me, twice a year: ‘ll never fly Spirit again.’ Me, this morning, after deciding i’d rather save 12 dollars.”

The video, which is going viral, features a couple passengers squealing “Oh my God” and another asking if the creature is a bat.

Spirit did not respond to requests for comment.

Scattini, an actor, said that someone trapped the bat between a book and a cup and locked it in the bathroom for the rest of the flight.

“I’d assume animal control was called but I don’t know what the verdict was,” he posted in a Twitter reply.

The reaction on Twitter predictably focused on Batman, Halloween and Spirit’s reputation as a discount airline, with bargain fares and fees for everything.

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One post joked: “Bat storage fee was $15. Easy choice to let it fly around.”

Another: “They’re probably charging you $20 for the show.”

Others said the video reminded them of an episode from “The Office,” where Dwight catches a bat.

“When I saw the FA (flight attendant) peaking out of the lav, all I could think of was Dwight and Meredith,” one post said.


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