Few things come at no extra charge on Spirit Airlines, but some passengers got a free shot of adrenaline earlier this week when a winged creature flew up and down the cabin.
Videos posted to social media showed passengers on a flight to Newark, New Jersey as they screamed, laughed, made suggestions and shouted "It's the Batmobile!" like what appeared to be a confused bat, flew up and down the cabin Wednesday morning.
USA Today reported that the flight left Charlotte, North Carolina, at 6 pm on Wednesday, heading for Newark. Passenger Peter Scattini wrote on Twitter that the bat appeared "WHEN WE WERE 30 MINUTES IN OUR MOVE" (capital letters were his). He added that he had no idea where it came from.
A video includes the sound of people riffing as the critter flies to the front, back and then in front of the aircraft. At one end, a woman looks from the partially open door to a bathroom. Remarkably, one passenger seems to sleep through it all.
"It's Batplane," says one man.
"It's the Batmobile!" replies a woman, before adding "Hey Batman!"
In another video, a woman can be heard saying that she had seen the bat five minutes earlier. "I thought I was, like, hallucinating," she said.
Here's a crazy flying experience. A bat was on the plane on its way to Newark. It came out while the plane was in the air. Fortunately, no one was hurt. One of the passengers caught it and left it in the bathroom. @karenhunter pic.twitter.com/lV0HgHptjY
– My friends call me Lisa (@adrilisasmiddle)
July 31, 2019
A man did not have to wonder if what he saw was real: he said he was literally hit in the head. In a response, Spirit asked for his reservation information so that he could investigate and assure him, "We want to raise your Spirit-s!" but Scattini said someone finally found a way to contain it.
"Finally, someone caught it between a book and a cup and then locked it in one of the restrooms for the rest of the trip," he wrote.
the company's social media account, the airline replied to Scattini on Thursday: "We will certainly record this for you." Public relations representatives for the airline did not respond to a phone or email Friday afternoon. On Twitter, Scattini wrote that the carrier offered a refund for the flight and a $ 50 coupon.
The Washington Post