NEWARK, NJ – A pigeon delayed a flight on its way from Newark to Athens, Greece, Newsweek reported on August 9.
“Flight attendant Arina Bloom filmed the rogue bird on board the aircraft, set to depart Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey,” Newsweek reported, adding that “Bloom, based in New York, shared a clip to TikTok as the flight to Greece ground to a halt.”
She “uploaded a video to the site on Sunday, saying: ‘If you wonder why your flight from Newark to Greece was one hour delayed. Hi there. The moment we lost him. Everyone's looking. Opened doors maybe he will fly away. We lost him. We are flying to Greece with a bird. Didn't find him upon arrival either,’” Newsweek reported.
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The clip “has been viewed 1.5 million times, and shows Bloom filming the bird standing in the food preparation area of the plane,” Newsweek reported, noting that “it then saunters into the cabin, before the next shot shows it disappearing behind a row of seats.”
“Chaotic scenes show cabin crew desperately searching for the pigeon, with one person on the floor looking underneath the seats,” and another walking “down the aisle, banging each overhead locker as he goes,” Newsweek reported, noting that “Bloom, who's believed to work for United Airlines, then films the open door which is cordoned off with some tape, before she cuts to herself shaking her head.”
Many people were eager to learn what happened to the pigeon, and “Bloom provided updates in the comments, confirming the bird was never found,” Newsweek reported, adding that “she theorized there were three possible outcomes, saying: ‘1. He left the plane in Newark. 2. He flew to Greece. 3. He might still be on the plane.’”
Passengers were informed about the cause of the delay and were warned that the pigeon might still be aboard, Newsweek reported.
"We literally made an announcement if you see a bird, ring a call button," Bloom told Newsweek, adding that she joked: “We literally asked Greek people if they have pigeons to make sure he will have friends.”
When asked why she did not attempt to catch the bird, she said: “Oh hell no I'm not touching any bird I'm scared,” Newsweek reported.
“Numerous people found the stowaway hilarious,” Newsweek reported, noting the posts on social media, including Picante saying: “That bird caught a free flight like it doesn't have wings already,” and John Sad commenting: “He just wants a vacation to Greece.”
Bloom did not confirm which flight the pigeon had been on, “details from website Flightstats show the United Airlines flight from Newark to Athens was delayed by one hour, three minutes on Saturday,” Newsweek reported, adding that Bloom was asked to comment.
A spokesperson for United Airlines told Newsweek: “Prior to the departure of United flight 124 from Newark to Athens on Saturday, we took the time to make sure our feathered friend didn't travel to Greece, as he could not provide an up-to-date passport or confirmed itinerary.”