Honeybees clustered under the wing of a Delta Airlines flight at Pittsburgh International Airport last week; the plane could not depart until a beekeeper was summoned to take possession of the swarm. CBS reporter Mary Robb Jackson adds that swarms of bees are not uncommon at the airport, where 25,000 to 30,000 occupied Taxiway-C last May. [KDKA]

21 Responses to “Bees ground Delta flight”

  1. SmallishButt says:

    Black and gold, baby.

  2. fuzzyfuzzyfungus says:

    Clearly Delta is not cut out to play against the zerg…

  3. Andrew Duane says:

    No, BEADS.

  4. The script for this writes itself.  All they need is Samuel Jackson to repeat his Snakes on a Plane role.

  5. Lobster says:

    That’s… not how beekeepers work.  They do not have magical powers over bees.

    Wait, do they?

    •  I’d consider not getting stung to death to be a magic power.

    • bkad says:

      Bees are pretty stupid when they’re swarming. (Or presumably, all the time.)  My father kept bees, and was once asked to recover a swarm somewhere. Technique was: place blanket under swarm, which was on a branch. Shake branch; bees fall on blanket. Shake blanket into hive or desired carrying receptacle.

      I imagine it is more complicated if the bees are swarming in or around a structure like an airplane.

  6. CSBD says:

    Has Fox news done a “BEE STORM 2012″ story yet?

  7. I had to do a double-take to realize that this story isn’t http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/06/hillary-clinton-bee-attack_n_1747259.html

    Bees sure seem to be up to something…

  8. Lakshmi says:

    The Mayans spoke of this.

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