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Travel A Spirit Airlines Plane Had to Wait for an Alligator to Cross the Runway

08:27  13 june  2018
08:27  13 june  2018 Source:   travelandleisure.com

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An alligator lumbering across the runway at Orlando International Airport Monday caused a Spiri >> Read more trending news. “Pilots of a Spirit flight departing MCO today had to pause on the The pilot announced to passengers that the plane needed to wait for the gator to cross before it could

Spirit Airlines passengers arriving to Orlando got an unexpected hold-up on their way to the terminal Monday “Believe it or not, we have to wait for an alligator that's in the middle of the runway ," the pilot A gator held up our plane crossing the runway at MCO on the way home from (the DC area)

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Occasionally, even the animal kingdom can interfere with your takeoff or landing. And depending on where you are, this can mean encountering some unusual critters.

At Orlando International Airport on Monday, a Spirit Airlines flight had a near run-in with an alligator who was sauntering its way across the runway toward a pond.

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Velardi says the Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate. Video: Plane waits for huge alligator to cross The alligator 's presence didn't impact any other airport operations.

Spirit Airlines flight had to wait about five minutes before it could taxi to the gate at Orlando airport, a paasenger said. Most times it’s bad weather or bird strikes that delay flights. This time it was an alligator .

Passenger Anthony Velardi, who posted a video of the reptile on Facebook, put it perfectly: “Only in Florida.”

The plane had just landed at MCO from Washington, D.C., according to Velardi. The flight had to wait about five minutes for the alligator to finish its casual stroll before it could continue to the gate, WPTV reported.

One passenger told NPR the pilot came on the overhead speaker, announcing, "Believe it or not there is a gator on the runway and we are waiting for it to cross."

Airport trucks made sure the gator stayed put, but it was clear the creature was unbothered by the giant machines around it.

Airport spokeswoman Carolyn Fennell told the Associated Press that sightings of alligators are quite common around the airport.

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