One Delta flight took an interesting turn when an unknown bird or bat flew around the cabin. Friday’s flight returned to Madison, Wisconsin after the bat hovered above passengers. The Delta Flight 5121 was en route to Atlanta, Georgia, when a passenger took this video footage. See video left.
CNN eyewitness reports one passenger, Mike Schmidt, was able to capture the bat on camera. Schmidt said, “I woke up to a small scream and then I saw the bat fly over my head. I grabbed my phone to get some video as my friends would never believe this.”
Several passengers tried to swat the bat as it flew overhead. After a few passes through the cabin, the bat became trapped in the back lavatory. One passenger shut the door when the bat flew inside. The occupied light didn’t turn on but there are doubts anyone would enter.
Imagine a fear of flying, and then imagine a fear of bats. Combine both fears into one compartment and there leaves a lasting impression. One which could cause great distress.
The flight returned to Madison where passengers were rebooked onto another flight to Atlanta. Afterwards, crew members searched the plane but could not confirm whether it was a bird or a bat.
The question remains, was it a bird or a bat? You decide. Bats are classified as mammals. Often mistaken for birds and sometimes referred to as “flying rodents” or “flying rats.” The phrase blind as a bat is also misleading. According to Wikipedia, bats are not blind. Their eyes are small and poorly developed, leading to poor visual acuity so they have a higher sensation towards smells and better accuracy in hearing. Bats have long been symbolized as darkness, associated with witchcraft and black magic. They’re most commonly linked with vampires. Many Native American’s believe the bat is a trickster spirit. One that plays tricks or breaks the rules often in malicious efforts, this trickster deity is common mythology. Interesting theories, so how did the bat board the plane?