Maggots falling from overhead bin force plane to return to gate

Posted Jul 1, 2010 by Cynthia Trowbridge
A U.S. Airways flight heading from Atlanta, Georgia to Charlotte, North Carolina was forced to abort the flight when maggots started falling from an overhead bin.
Stefan Marks
When Donna Adamo got to her seat on the U.S. Airways plane she noticed a few flies buzzing around but didn't think much about it.
As the plane began taxiing a passenger behind her was causing a commotion and refused to take her seat.
Maggots were wriggling out from a container of rotten meat in the overhead bin and falling on passengers.
After Adamo heard the word "maggot" Mail reports she said, "All of a sudden, I felt somebody flick the back of my hair and on the front of me came a maggot, which I flicked off me. I felt like they were crawling all over me because it only takes one maggot to upset your world.
She added, "And as they're telling us to stay calm and seated, I see a maggot looking back at me and I'm thinking...These are anaerobic, flesh-eating larvae that the flight attendants don't have to sit with."
When the bin was opened by a flight attendant she found the spoiled meat in a passenger's carry-on bag.
According to the Post Chronicle a passenger said that they were forced to sit in their seats as maggots rained on them while trying to get back to the gate.
When the plane returned to the gate the passengers got off and all bags were removed while a crew came on board to clean the plane. The cleaning took about an hour when the passengers returned to the plane and the flight continued to Charlotte.
In Charlotte the plane was taken out of service and fumigated "out of an abundance of caution."
Adamo said, "You can buy meat anywhere," Adamo said. "I don't know what special piece of meat was in Atlanta that needed to get to Charlotte, but it affected hundreds, if not thousands ... of passengers, and is a health risk."