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Maggot Mayhem Forces Delta Flight Back to Amsterdam

Delta flight rerouted after maggots erupt from suitcase.

A Delta A330-300 (Photo: AirlineGeeks | William Derrickson)

A Delta flight from Amsterdam to Detroit was forced to return mid-air on Tuesday after a suitcase containing rotting fish burst open in the overhead compartment, unleashing a shower of maggots onto unsuspecting passengers in the economy cabin.

An unexpected incident necessitated the aircraft’s return to the departure airport, approximately one hour after take-off. Upon touchdown, all passengers disembarked from the aircraft and the offending suitcase, harboring the unfortunate fish, was secured for disposal. Subsequently, the aircraft underwent a thorough sanitation process.

Eyewitnesses Detail Shocking Encounter

An eyewitness on Reddit, reportedly sitting close to the scene, later stated the fish was packed in newspaper.

“My family and I were in the row directly in front of the maggots. The lady right behind us told the flight attendants the maggots were falling on her head. Ugh. I turned around and they were wiggling around on the seat. They moved us further in front though. One of our carry-on bags was right nearby the disgusting one so at the end of the flight when I went to get it after checking it over thoroughly, the passenger in question was still sitting there and didn’t exit the plane. Assuming some kind of consequences but unclear what. Also apparently it was wrapped in newspaper.”

Another passenger, Kelce, in an interview with the Daily Mail, said that Delta staff reportedly identified the owner of the suitcase and detained them on the aircraft after other passengers had disembarked. Kelce also noted that Delta offered passengers experiencing overnight delays compensation in the form of 8,000 frequent flyer miles, complimentary hotel accommodations, and a $30 meal voucher.

Delta Apologizes But Reminds Carry-On Rules

Delta, in a statement, expressed regret for the disruption.”We apologize to the customers of Flight 133 AMS-DTW as their trip was interrupted due to an improperly packed carry-on bag. The aircraft returned to the gate and passengers were placed on the next available flight. The aircraft was removed from service for cleaning.”

The airline’s website says ” Edible perishable items are allowed on board, as part of your carry-on baggage – provided there is no violation of agricultural restrictions for the destination country.” It also adds that, “Though we do allow perishables to be brought as carry-on or checked baggage at your own risk, be sure to transport them using approved materials to keep them fresh.”

While this bizarre incident will undoubtedly remain an unforgettable, albeit unpleasant, experience for passengers onboard DL133, the maggot episode serves as a cautionary tale for proper travel etiquette and raises questions about airline responsibility and enforcement of carry-on guidelines.

Tolga Karadeniz


  • Tolga Karadeniz

    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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