We’ve all heard of snakes on a plane, but mozzies on a plane is something new.
Nevertheless, a Volaris flight from Mexico’s Guadalajara Airport (GDL) to Mexico City Airport (MEX) on October 6, 2023, was delayed by over two hours when the aircraft cabin was plagued by a heavy swarm of mosquitoes.
As seen in video footage taken by passengers onboard, cabin crew tried to take the buzz under control with heavy doses of insect repellant. Passengers can also be seen swatting the air using safety briefing cards.
Based on details from flight tracking site FlightAware, flight VOI221 eventually took off two hours and 27 minutes behind schedule.
It is not known what caused the mosquito infestation, although a similar incident took place with the same airline in 2019.
A passenger who filmed the video of the 2019 flight said that passengers were told by Volaris that the situation was beyond the airline’s control “due to the amount of stagnant water in the surroundings”.