British Airways is facing the prospect of shelling out over £250,000 in flight delay compensation after one of it’s flights travelling from London to San Francisco, USA was delayed for more than three hours, after crew members spotted a mouse on board the plane.
Hundreds of passengers waiting at Heathrow Airport, ready to fly out were told that the flight had been delayed to the spotting of the mouse. One reason behind mice being a major safety problem on aircraft is the fact that the creatures have a habit of gnawing through electrical wires and instruments and thus in turn potentially causing major issues for planes and flights.
Yahoo News was one of the first outlets to break this news.
Fed up passengers then had to wait hours before they were able to board another Boeing 777 and resume their journey to the U.S.
B.A. bought them lunch while they waited, eventually taking off four hours and 16 minutes later than planned.
Sources estimate B.A. may have to foot a compensation bill of up to £250,000 as a result of the delay.
A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco.
“But on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate.”