Of mice and 767-300's

Jim Whitehead (ejw@ics.uci.edu)
Sat, 25 Jan 1997 09:04:39 -0800

A true story. Can FoRK come to the rescue?...

>---------- Forwarded message ----------
>Date: 24 Jan 97 13:05:26 -0500
>From: Nathaniel.StJohn@mailport.delta-air.com
>To: dpr3113@scully.tamu.edu
>Subject: Challenges of working at Delta Airlines
>Hello everyone,
> This is just one of the many challenges I face daily at Delta Airlines.
>This is actually 100% true and Delta is still trying to find an economical
>solution (i.e. that's not going to cost them another $2 Million)!
> About six to eight weeks ago, a shipment
> of about 200 laboratory mice got loose in the cargo hold of Ship 122,
> a 767-300. Their container broke. We've recovered many of them, but
> some of the mice have got into the liner of the cargo bin and even up
> into the cabin. We have tried everything to get the mice. We've even
> considered taking the plane to Alaska where sub-freezing temperatures
> could drive them into heated traps we would conveniently provide.
> When asked about cats, Terry Jones in the OCC said they don't think
> the cats could get into the tiny crevices where the mice are hiding.
> Terry estimates that having the plane out of service - as it has been
> as we try to get the mice - has already cost us about $2 million in
> lost revenue. Meanwhile, the mice keep appearing. The other night as
> passengers were watching a movie, three of the mice ran across the top
> of the movie screen.