SAN FRANCISCO: Alaska Airlines was forced to cancel one of its flights on Tuesday (Jan 2) after a rat was spotted jumping into the aircraft from the jet way.
Flight 915 was scheduled to depart Oakland International Airport in California for Portland, Washington, with 110 passengers on board when the rat was seen jumping on the plane at around 8.30am.
The flight was cancelled after the rodent could not be found, and passengers were told to disembark.
“The flight’s 110 passengers are being accommodated as appropriate by Alaska Airlines flights from San Francisco and San Jose airports.
Most of the passengers were directed to another flight to Portland later the same day, with some flights leaving on Wednesday.
"Our flight to Portland is delayed because when they opened the door on arrival a rat jumped into the plane. There are four people trying to locate it," a passenger named Matt Gough tweeted.
Mr Gough also tweeted a video showing the plane being towed away after the incident.
Alaska Airlines said in a statement that the plane "is currently out of service".
"It will be returned to operations once it's certified rodent-free by a professional exterminator. The aircraft will also be thoroughly inspected to ensure no damage has been done," said the US airline.