Tarantulas in Canada bound Air Transat flight cause panic among passengers

Published on : Saturday, May 21, 2016

TarantulasPassengers and crew members in the Air Transat flight from the Dominican Republic to Canada were petrified as two tarantulas roamed aboard causing commotion and panic forcing passengers to stand up on the seats of a moving plane.



The 20 centimeters creepy eight legged stowaways roamed freely on the carpeted cabin after inflight meals were served from Punta Cana a popular holiday resort to Montreal in Quebec.




A passenger wearing skirt found a spider crawling up her leg. She screamed causing panic among other passengers. Her husband managed to catch the spider in a plastic container. The other however could not be traced all through the transit and the crew members advised passengers to put on their shoes and cover their ankles. Canadian air travel authorities do not advocated spraying on exotic species. According to entomologists the tarantula spiders were less venomous and the chances of causing any major damage were minimal. It is believed that someone was carrying them in their luggage to be sold in Canada where the market is lucrative for tarantulas.



Julie Roberts, vice president of Air Transat flight attendant union said that the crew attendants did their best in keeping the passengers calm. Spokesperson Debbie Cabana from the Transat flight said that the cabin crew is trained to ensure safety for the passengers, she said that the case at hand was an extraordinary and isolated event. The staff reacted promptly and efficiently. Last September a passenger on a Qatar Airway flight from Doha to South Africa survived a tarantula bite. By the time the plane landed the leg had turned black and doubled in size.

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2 Responses to Tarantulas in Canada bound Air Transat flight cause panic among passengers

  1. Heidi says:

    I for one am allergic to some spider species and there is no way to know which ones with the millions out there. This very well could have caused a heart attack! Not saying is the crew or whomevers fault yet there should be with today’s technowlegy a way to detect smuggling of any species. This terrifies me to the point where it will be quit some time before I board any plane, if ever! PLEASE IMPLEMENT SOME DEVICE OR AM SURE THERE WILL BE MORE LOSSES TO TRAVELING BY AIR. With all the security for humans to board, am sure this should also be of grave concern!! SINCERELY HEIDI

  2. Kamaal Ahmed says:

    No idea what next ???? baffling that people carry such species so openly that it escaped. OR may be it must have come on board directly. Surprising is Airlines are ready to allow the people to get hurt rather than spraying on the species and killing it by any means. Are any species more important than the humans ?????

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