Spider Infestation Delays Flights at Kansas City International Airport

Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013 03:14 PM

By Ken Mandel

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A spider infestation of air traffic control caused flight delays on Saturday at Kansas City International Airport.

As many as five flights were stalled about 15 minutes each when air traffic controllers were besieged by the eight-legged creatures, which likely happened after a spider's nest egg hatched.

Urgent: Should Obamacare be Repealed? Vote Here Now

The spiders bit three employees at the Air Traffic Control Center in Olathe, Kansas, which guides flights in and out of the large airport. Radar controllers were forced to evacuate the infested area and move to another area of the building as exterminators came in to handle the issue.

"We wanted to make sure everybody was safe and we got the airplanes on the ground as quickly as we could," National Air Traffic Controllers Association spokesman Aaron Merrick told NBC News affiliate KSHB.

Schendel Pest Control's CJ Workman said a spider mother will bite if she feels her offspring are threatened.

"You're talking in some spider cases up to 400 and in large breeds, you're talking 1000's from one mom," Workman said.

The FAA hasn't revealed which spiders were behind the infestation. Passengers were never at risk of being bitten, the organization said. The air traffic control center is located miles from the airport.

"It shows how important the safety of the flying public is for us as controllers because when something like this happened, we weren't going to allow it to impact the safety of the system," Merrick said.

Editor's Note: Get the Navy SEALs Cap – Celebrate Our Heroes

Related stories:

$800K Infestation: Woman's 8 Months With Bedbugs Eased by Jury

Face-Sized Tarantula Discovered by Scientists in Sri Lanka

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Cambodia HIV Outbreak: 100-Plus People Diagnosed; Investigation Sought

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:50 PM

More than 100 HIV infections in a single Cambodian village have spurred the country's prime minister to ask for an inves . . .

Slender Man Case: Two Girls Competent to Stand Trial in Stabbing

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:26 PM

Two girls who allegedly stabbed a 12-year-old friend over the online game Slender Man are competent to stand trial for a . . .

Kate Upton Sexiest Woman Alive; Model Apologizes to Teen Brother

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:52 PM

Model Kate Upton was selected as People magazine's first Sexiest Woman Alive, a month after Chris Hemsworth received the . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved