Escaped cat halts Air Canada flight

27 January 2012 09:14

The Air Canda flight eventually departed for Toronto after Ripples the cat was found and returned to its carrier

The Air Canda flight eventually departed for Toronto after Ripples the cat was found and returned to its carrier

An Air Canada flight was delayed on Wednesday while cabin crew and passengers searched for an escaped cat.

The pet, called Ripples, ran amok on Flight 603 to Toronto after escaping from its carrier and running into the cockpit.

Given that the feline's penchant for adventure delayed the flight for several hours, its owner might want to purchase travel insurance in the future to ensure they are covered against flight cancellations.

The flight, which was supposed to depart from Halifax Stanfield International Airport at 5.30am, eventually departed when Ripples was located and returned to its carrier.

Speaking to CBC News, passenger Kyle Warkentin said: "It's hilarious, really. It's so random."

Mr Warkentin revealed that a flight attendant announced they were searching for an escaped cat. The cabin crew apologised as time ticked by and the cat was still not found.

He added: "Then the engine turned off and the whole power on the plane turned off, and they said they were doing this to calm the cat."

Air Canada permits small animals to be taken as hand luggage on all flights expect for those to Hawaii. They must be housed in a carrier, which must fit under the passenger's seat.

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