A shaken passenger has recounted how a US Airways flight from Atlanta to Charlotte, North Carolina, was temporarily grounded on Monday by maggots.
Donna Adamo explained that fellow flyer Desiree Harrell noticed said creatures falling from an overhead locker, and declined to take her seat. Adamo, though, did park her arse and "noticed what she first thought was a bit of lint in her lap", but which was suspiciously "a little squishy".
Despite her insistence that the scene was "beyond disgusting", Adamo (the former WTVH 5 news anchor, and not the wrestling minx (link NSFW)), controlled herself sufficiently to shoot some vid as passengers evacuated the maggot-ridden aircraft:
According to US Airways, the incident "was caused by a passenger who brought a container of spoiled meat onto the plane". Crew cleaned up the mess, and the flight eventually reached its destination, where the aircraft was taken aside for precautionary fumigation.
Adamo and Harrell remain seriously rattled by the experience. The former said "just talking about it made her want to take a shower", while the latter expressed the belief that "maggots can burrow into a body and cause internal problems".
Both lodged complaints with US Airways, but had not received a reply last night. ®