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A United Airlines flight arriving at Newark Liberty International Airport from Italy, had to be taken out of service after the ants out of a carry-on bag has appeared in a section of the cabin.
A passenger on the Venice-to-Newark flight on Monday, and described the scenario in a series of tweets and photos. Charlotte Burns, a New York-based writer and journalist, and alleged she was bitten by an ant, after a passenger has to sit down in front of her and opened his carry-on bag.
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“The guy in the front pulls down its case (which btw was not zipped shut, as a middle aisle-guy comments to me in an aside), and the ants, the ants, the ants spill out, running in every direction,” she wrote. “This is the absolute heeby-jeeby-goose-bumpy-get-me-the-beginning-gross.”
A United spokesman said that the plane was on the sidelines when it reached Newark, new jersey, so it would have to be cleaned, and wiped out. He told me that the ants were isolated to the bag and it did not have its origin in the aircraft itself.
“We are concerned by the experience of the customer reports on United Flight 169 from Venice, it to Newark, new jersey. We had been in contact with the crew during the flight, where they are advised by the ants, which were isolated from a customers bag in the overhead bin, and it was a small part of the cabin,” Robert Einhorn, a u.s.-based spokesman, said in a report to the North Jersey Media Group.
“The plane landed at the airport in Newark, new jersey this afternoon and taken out of service to be cut off. We followed the proper protocol is to report it to the customs, immigration and agriculture on the issue
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.