We’ve all heard the slogan, “the friendly airlines.” I’m not sure about you, but having a bat flying around the cabin of an airplane with me doesn’t constitute “friendly” skies.

A Spirit Airlines flight had exactly that happen this past week. While flying from North Carolina to New Jersey, some passengers got quite the scary flight.


In a short 13 second viral video, passengers all over the plane can be heard screaming, asking “is that a bat?!”, and crying. As it flies through the cabin everyone is ducking into their seats and one flight attendant is even hiding in the lavatory! (I imagine her thinking, “Nope, I don’t get paid enough for this!” You will too when you see her face.)


I’m not going to lie, I laughed when I watched this. It is funny from the outside looking in. I can imagine how terrifying it was to all the people on the plane. A bat on a plane is not something I think anyone would ever expect to have to deal with. I mean sure, they run out of peanuts and ginger ale all the time and make connections impossible to get to, but not BATS!

So on to the seriousness of this situation…

Bats carry rabies. It is a small portion of bats that do, but it’s often very difficult to determine if exposure has occurred when dealing with a bat. Especially in a dark plane with chaos breaking loose.

My understanding is that someone trapped the bat between a cup and a book and they placed it in the lavatory for the duration of the flight. I can only hope that the bat was turned over to the state veterinarian for rabies testing and that those test results come back negative. Some unfortunate fans at an NBA game were not so fortunate this past summer after a rabies alert was issued for them.



If that video terrified you to watch, imagine that happening while the family is sitting around the dinner table in your own home. Many people that we have helped address bat infestations in their homes were just as terrified, if not more so, of the bats they were literally living with day in and day out.

We are a humane bat removal company. We don’t harm, kill, or harass bats. We just encourage them to go live somewhere else by locking them out of your home.

Oh, and all of our technicians have pre-exposure rabies shots. So let us do the heavy lifting. Some things in life aren’t meant to be tackled by anything but the pros.


Your local bat removal expert,

Michael Koski

Get Bats Out Owner and President Michael Koski

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  • Gill caton

    February 8, 2020 | Reply

    Could coronavirus be caused by bats? What about the colony flying over Australia today??

    • Tori Bruce

      February 15, 2020 | Reply

      I've been reading a lot about bats and the coronavirus. Bats have an amazing immune system that doesn't seem to be affected by some of the worst virus's out there. They become carriers and unfortunately, spreaders of these virus's. Usually it goes from bat, to some other mammal, to humans. It is important to avoid their excrement and urine and saliva.

  • Reggie Monce

    October 2, 2019 | Reply

    I thought a rabid bat can’t fly.

    • Tori Bruce

      October 3, 2019 | Reply

      Rabies, like many virus's, goes through stages. Often bats can fly while infected with rabies, until they are near the end of their life.

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