Woman Documents Significant Flight Delay Due to Unbelievable Situation

In this day and age, air travel delays are no surprise, but they're usually caused by something like the weather or staffing—not wildlife.

Unfortunately for one group of passengers trying to fly from Houston to Atlanta on May 3, a local group of bees was determined to change that.

As documented by Anjali Enjeti via Twitter, the insects swarmed to the tip of the aircraft's winglet after it arrived at the gate from its previous destination, stumping passengers and staff members alike as they tried to determine the best course of action.

Airline crews were perplexed by the creatures, cycling through several possibilities to try to clear them out. According to Enjeti, they considered pest control before contacting a beekeeper.

Enjeti shared several photos of crew members staring at the swarm as passengers waited for more information.

After about an hour, Enjeti shared an update from the captain, reporting that, for some reason, the beekeeper would not be permitted to touch the plane, nixing that plan. Pest control was also not allowed to spray planes, the airport supposedly didn't have a hose to spray them away with water, and the fire department couldn't come, either.

Instead, the captain said he'd try to taxi the plane around to scare them away, but that idea never came to fruition, either. Ground crewmembers tried blowing vehicle exhaust in the bees' direction, which didn't do anything, and someone eventually found a hose, but they walked away again before spraying it.

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After another hour, the crew deplaned, and the passengers assumed they would be stranded for the night. Delta reassigned the gate, requiring the bee-ridden plane to move out of the way, and when they revved up the engines the bees scattered.

The passengers watched their plane taxi away in disappointment before they were informed that they would be able to board at another gate.

All in all, it was about four hours from the time Enjeti began documenting the process to her confirming that she'd been able to board, and another two hours before she was safely back in Georgia.

In a statement obtained by The Street, Delta said, "Bee-lieve it or not, Delta flight 1682 from Houston-Bush to Atlanta took a delay this afternoon after a friendly group of bees evidently wanted to talk shop with the winglet of our airplanes, no doubt to share the latest about flying conditions at the airport." The airline also confirmed that it had apologized to the passengers affected by the incident.

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