Delta flight forced to turn back to AMS after maggots fall out of overhead bin

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We’ve all heard of snakes on a plane, but what about maggots? 

A Delta Air Lines flight was forced to turn back to Amsterdam Schiphol Airport (AMS) after maggots fell out of an overhead bin and onto passengers. 

Flight DL 133 was on its way to Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW) on February 13, 2024. The flight departed on time, at around 10:30 local time. 

However, less than an hour into the nine-hour 15 minute flight, the A330 aircraft turned around when a suitcase containing rotting fish broke open during the flight and maggots fell onto unsuspecting economy passengers.

The flight landed safely back to AMS airport where passengers were taken off board and the aircraft, with registration N821NW, underwent deep cleaning. Passengers were placed on different flights to Detroit. 

The suitcase, fish and the maggots were all placed in a bag and burned.

As compensation for the revolting experience, passengers were given 8,000 air miles, a $30 meal ticket, and one night’s hotel accommodation to those who were placed on flights the following day.

It is unclear whether the man who brought the suitcase with rotting fish on board has been charged.

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