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Un-Bee-Lievable: Flight Delayed for Hours After Swarm of Bees Takes Over Aircraft Wing

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There was a lot to buzz about after a Delta flight leaving Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport was delayed for nearly three hours. The Atlanta-bound flight was grounded due to a massive swarm of bees that decided to make themselves comfortable on the plane’s wings.

Passenger Anjali Enjeti tweeted about the incident in real-time, explaining that she and other passengers were not allowed on the plane until the bees decided to move.

Ejeti then began to live tweet as events unfolded, first sharing that the airline was contacting pest control before changing route and contacting a beekeeper to come in and safely remove the insects.

“Intel from other passengers confirms the plane pulled into the gate and suddenly a mass of bees congregates on the wing,” she wrote.

Then, Ejeti shared that the beekeeper was not actually authorized to remove the bees from the aircraft, so the pilot had to switch gears.

When that didn’t work, airport personnel tried spraying the wing with a hose and blowing exhaust from another machine onto the wing where the bees were — all to no avail.

Finally, Delta found the grand solution — turning on the plane.

“Delta Airlines please give all of these gate agents a pay raise and the day off tomorrow. They are doing an amazing job,” said in a follow-up tweet, confirming that the plane had switched gates, boarded and landed safely in Atlanta.

Delta Airlines confirmed Enjeti’s story in a statement to CNN Travel.

“Bee-lieve it or not, Delta flight 1682 from Houston-Bush to Atlanta took a delay yesterday afternoon after a friendly group of bees evidently wanted to talk shop with the winglet of our airplanes, no doubt to share the latest about flying conditions at the airport,” the airline joked to the outlet.

This isn’t the first time in recent months that Delta Airlines’ staff was praised by passengers for being accommodating amid havoc.

In January, a passenger suffered severe anxiety as a result of turbulence on a Delta flight from Charlotte Douglas International Airport to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. A Delta flight attendant sat on the ground holding her hand until her nerves calmed down.

“We are touched by the kindness shown by this flight attendant, working on a Delta Connection flight, and proud that this humanity is displayed by our people every day,” the company told Entrepreneur at the time.

Delta Airlines was down just over 24.7% year over year as of Thursday afternoon.

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