Feline 'faux paw': Cat delays El Al flight

Curiosity delayed the flight at Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport.

January 3, 2017 18:30
an EL AL Boeing 777 aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv,

An EL AL Boeing 777 aircraft at Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv,. (photo credit: NIR ELIAS / REUTERS)


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While weather and congestion are prominent causes for air traffic delays, an El Al flight on Tuesday experienced an unforeseen holdup at Ben-Gurion Airport due to a different type of hairy situation - a cat.

The flight to New York on Israel's national carrier was due to depart at 2:30 p.m., however the small feline had furrowed into the aircraft's cargo hold, causing staff on the ground to undertake a wild goose chase lasting hours, according to Channel 10 News.

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As of about 5:30 p.m. the curious intruder had not been located in the incident that could be described as a feline "faux paw."

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