June 30th, 2010
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Ya know how we kvetched the other day about the lack of meals on planes? It's okay. We're good. We take it all back and we'll happily sit with a rumbling stomach if it lessens our chances of being confronted with a mess of maggots while taxiing down the runway.

According to reports, maggots sprinkled down from an overhead bin that was holding a container of spoiled meat, forcing a US Airways flight to return to the gate for fumigation.

Passenger Donna Adamo noticed a few flies onboard., but didn't give it any further consideration until taxi time, when she noticed a fellow traveler refusing to take a seat.

Adamo tells ABC News that when she looked down at her clothes, "I thought it was a piece of lint but when I went to flick it off, it was squishy."

She added, ""We were ordered to sit in our seats as maggots were dripping on us. It was only five to seven minutes but it felt like 30 minutes."

The planeload of repulsed passengers was brought back to the terminal for rebooking on other flights.

The container of spoiled meat was packed into an overhead bin by a passenger and unrelated to any in-flight service items. No word on if any maggots made their way onto the beverage cart, but we're hoping not as we can only imagine it was most strenuously utilized immediately thereafter.

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  1. Richard Head

    The little wiggly ones with the crunchy heads. Them's gooood eating!

    July 21, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  2. Commentor

    Of course people will try to sue now. I like how they claim to be traumatized but still try to get attention or have time to blog/twitter/videotape it. Check out these two contradictory statements from another article on this story:

    "Flight attendants tried to soothe passengers, but Adamo was too traumatized by the experience to calm down."

    "Adamo was able to capture the stomach-turning experience on her cell-phone video camera, which shows a maggot slithering across a seat."

    Traumatized, yet still able to videotape, broadcast, and distribute the incident after it occurred...

    July 1, 2010 at 7:22 pm |
  3. sarah

    i am wondering why a passenger was allowed through security with a package of spoiled and maggot-infested meat?

    July 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
    • Jon

      Some might say "B
      etter than the pretzels".

      July 1, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
    • commonsense

      d'uh, it's most likely that the meat was not spoiled when brought onboard, but got spoiled AFTER being left in the overhead bin for a significant period of time (either intentionally or accidentally)

      July 21, 2010 at 9:49 am |
  4. Herman Munster

    They should have called in Andrew Zimmerman to eat them..

    July 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
    • jess cloud


      July 2, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  5. Drew


    July 1, 2010 at 11:39 am |
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