I was falling asleep a day or so ago when I thought I heard a weird story about a pussycat causing an airliner to make an emergency landing. I was joking with AG - that "Cat in the Cockpit" might make a good song, what with the alliteration and all. So I Googled for "Cat in the Cockpit" and here ya go:
BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) � An SN Brussels airliner made an emergency landing after an "agitated" passenger � a cat � got into the cockpit and attacked the co-pilot, the airline said Tuesday.
The Monday flight from Brussels to Vienna, Austria, had been in the air about 20 minutes when it was noticed that a passenger's pet had escaped from its cage, "although it is not yet clear how," according to an airline statement.
"Once free, the animal proceeded to wander around the cabin," slipping into the cockpit when meals were being delivered to the two-man flight crew, it said.
"At this stage the animal became agitated and nervous," it said. An airline spokesperson added that the cat scratched the co-pilot's arm.
The pilot decided to return to Brussels as a precaution, and the 58 passengers left Brussels two hours later on another flight.
What makes me curious is how a crazy cat (remember Krazy Kat) got into the cockpit in the first place. Maybe these cats could be used on all planes as part of an anti-terrorist team. Maybe you could have a pack of cats on every plane, ready at a moments notice to be released to "take down" terrorists.
Captain: We are under attack - Release the Felines!
Co-Pilot: Captain, are you sure?
Captain: Yes - release them...
[some commotion and then the transcript continues...]
Hello kitty? Where'd you come from - Ouch! Hey! Meow! Meow! Meow! Hey - cut it out! Help! Somebody get this cat offa me.
[a few moments later]
Captain: We have things under control now. Thanks to - the cat brigade.