Mouse Delays British Airways Flight to San Francisco
In a news item that became wildly popular over the social media, the discovery of a mouse on board led to the cancellation of a March 1st British Airways flight from Heathrow to San Francisco. While there was some speculation that the mouse was deemed an unfit visitor for the USA and that the BA aircraft could not take off with an illegal passenger, the Inbound Report could not find its species listed in current immigration law nor in the travel ban proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump that would have imperiled the mouse should it have attempted to de-board the flight in San Francisco. San Francisco is, by the way, a sanctuary city and would likely have sheltered the small rodent.
After it was established that the creature (it was, the Inbound Report speculates, a member of the Mus musculus species) was on the plane, the BA crew told passengers that aircraft could take off with the passenger on board, and that another flight would be scheduled. Following a delay of four hours, a replacement Boeing 777 took off without incident.
British Airways told the BBC: “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco, but on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate. Everyone with two legs is now on their way to California, and we are sorry for the delay.”
There was no word on the fate or condition of the mouse.