Pigeon causes chaos on plane after boarding Newark flight
A pigeon wreaked havoc on a plane departing from Newark after the stowaway delayed a flight to Europe “one hour”.
Flight attendant Arina Bloom filmed the rogue bird aboard the plane, ready to leave Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.
New York-based Bloom shared a clip on TikTok as the flight to Greece came to a halt.
She uploaded a video to the site on Sunday, saying, “If you’re wondering why your flight from Newark to Greece was delayed an hour. Hello. The moment we lost it. Everyone’s watching . Doors open, maybe he will fly away. We have lost him. We are flying to Greece with a bird. I did not find him on arrival either. “
The clip, which can be seen here, has been viewed 1.5 million times and shows Bloom filming the bird standing in the plane’s food preparation area. He then walks into the cabin, before the next shot shows him disappearing behind a row of seats.
Chaotic scenes show the cabin crew desperately searching for the pigeon, with one person on the floor peering under the seats. While one of his coworkers walks down the aisle, hitting each top locker as they go.
Bloom, who is said to work for United Airlines, then films the open door which is sealed with duct tape, before cutting himself while shaking his head.
People were desperate to know the feathered friend’s fate, and Bloom provided updates in the comments, confirming the bird was never found.
She speculated that there were three possible outcomes, saying, “1. He left the plane in Newark. 2. He flew to Greece. 3. He may still be on the plane.
After deciding to get underway, the flight attendant said she informed passengers of the reason for the delay and warned them that the unwanted guest may still be on board.
“We literally made an announcement if you see a bird press a call button,” she said. Bloom joked: “We literally asked the Greeks if they had any pigeons to make sure he would have friends.”
Responding to people who asked her why she hadn’t caught the bird, instead of filming it, she replied, “Oh no, I’m not touching any birds, I’m scared.”
Referring to the reasons for the delays, she added that “only once in a while there is a bird”, adding that the crew “did not have a plan”.
Many people found the stowaway hilarious, Picante stating, “This bird has taken free flight as if it doesn’t already have wings.”
“And people say that pigeons ‘don’t migrate’,” said Nedm219.
Ruxi thought, “This pigeon will never see his friends or family again.”
Andrysek222 joked: “This pigeon has traveled more than me.”
Sslasherr said: “My flight was delayed because of a bird? Now the wait was worth it.”
Although Mania wrote, “Imagine you were flying with this bird in Australia, you would have destroyed all of its wildlife. “
John Sad commented: “He just wants a vacation in Greece.”
Although Bloom has not confirmed the flight that the bird’s door crashed into, details from the Flightstats website show that the United Airlines flight from Newark to Athens was delayed by one hour three minutes on Saturday.
News week has contacted Bloom and United Airlines for comment.