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Spider on a plane delays Delta flight out of Minneapolis

A dangerous spider was spotted between window panes in the cabin.
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No, it's not "Snakes on a Plane" 2, but a creature did delay a flight from Minneapolis to Rochester Sunday.

Delta Air Lines spokesperson Morgan Durrant told BringMeTheNews a dangerous spider was seen in between two panes of one of the cabin windows, so out of an "abundance of caution" the airline brought in another plane to operate the flight.

Passengers were delayed about two and a half hours, Durrant says, noting Delta regrets any inconvenience it caused travelers.

The spider could be dangerous

KTTC says the arachnid was a brown recluse spider, and according to the University of Minnesota, they can be dangerous.

The spiders are "uncommon to extremely rare" in the upper Midwest, the U of M says. Only one has ever been recorded in Minnesota. They typically live in the southern and central U.S.

Brown recluse spiders are timid and nonaggressive, but their bites can cause extensive tissue damage, the U of M says. In rare instances, liver or kidney damage can develop.

It's not the first time

This wasn't the first time a spider has caused problems on a flight.

Back in September 2015, USA Today reported a baboon tarantula got out of its cage in the cargo hold of a Delta plane in Baltimore. A baggage handler spotted the spider, which prompted the Atlanta-bound flight to be delayed. Another plane was brought in to bring the passengers to their destination, the paper says.

Earlier this year, two tarantulas that likely escaped a traveler's bag crawled on passengers during a flight from the Dominican Republic to Canada, the Guardian said. Airline officials at the time called it an "extraordinary and isolated event."

Last year, a brown recluse spider bit a man on the leg during a flight from Qatar to South Africa, Medical Daily reported. Within hours, his leg grew to the size of a balloon and turned black, the publication added. He was close to losing his leg.

A few years ago, a passenger who was bitten by a brown recluse spider sued Delta Air Lines. She settled with Delta for $80,000, AJC.com reported.

Airlines that are traveling internationally between certain countries follow aircraft disinfection requirements by spraying insecticide to kill any insects on board, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. For more information on that, click here.

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