Buzzing Delay, Woman’s Flight Grounded Due to Bee Swarm on Plane

Buzzing Delay, Woman’s Flight Grounded Due to Bee Swarm on Plane

…By Jack Sylva for TDPel Media. Plane delays can be caused by a variety of factors, from technical issues to strikes, but one woman recently shared a particularly unusual reason for a delay.

Anjali Enjeti, an author and journalist from Georgia, US, shared a photo of a large swarm of bees congregating on one of the wings of her flight leaving Houston.

She captioned the image: “My flight leaving Houston is delayed because bees have congregated on the tip of one of the wings.

A bee swarm
A bee swarm

They won’t let us board until they remove the bees.”

A beekeeper to the rescue

Anjali provided updates to her followers as the situation unfolded.

Initially, the gate agent announced that someone was coming to look at the bees, but Anjali questioned whether a bee expert would be needed to identify the queen and remove her, and whether the rest of the bees would follow.


Pest control was then mentioned as a potential solution, but Anjali was relieved to hear that a beekeeper had been summoned instead.

The beekeeper arrived and successfully removed the bees, allowing the flight to proceed.

Humorous reactions to the incident

Twitter users found humor in the situation, with some joking that the bees would affect the plane’s aerodynamics and others suggesting that the plane might buzz the tower if it were to take off with the bees still on board.

One person even suggested that they would have suited up and poked the bear, although this was not a viable solution.

Analysis and commentary

While the incident may seem humorous, it highlights the importance of dealing with animal-related issues in a humane and safe manner.

In this case, the beekeeper was able to remove the bees without harming them, allowing the flight to proceed as scheduled.


It is essential for airlines and airports to have protocols in place to handle unexpected situations, including those involving animals, to ensure the safety of passengers and crew members.

In conclusion, while bee swarms on planes are rare, the incident serves as a reminder of the unpredictable situations that can occur during air travel.

It is important for passengers to remain calm and follow instructions from the airline and airport staff during such situations.

Additionally, it is crucial for airlines and airports to have contingency plans in place to handle unexpected situations, including those involving animals.


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