No, really—a rodent, possibly a rat or a mouse, tried to crawl up the leg of a passenger on the American Airlines redeye from LAX to New York City last night. The passenger just happened to be a travel blogger for Gridskipper, and he files a harried dispatch:
Finally I yelp like a woman and the rat leaps under the seat and scurries off. The nearest flight attendant glances at me as she’s belting down. I say loudly, “Excuse me! But there’s a …” and here, I punk out, because I don’t want to be either the ostensible man freaking out about a tiny animal, nor the guy who causes a panic, so I suddenly reduce my voice volume by about 90% and whisper, ” …. mouse!” A mouse sounds so much more innocent. A couple other passengers do hear me, and right on cue, a cluster of people a few rows back start yipping urgently as the mouse/rat invades their space.
(Link via LA.COMfidential)