Spirit Airlines passengers get an in-flight surprise

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Spirit Airlines passengers get an in-flight surprise.

Vicky Beckham Smith with A-z Animals holds a big brown bat. Bat Blitz is a three-day survey of bats in the greater Birmingham area conducted by the Alabama Bat Working Group with officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and researchers from universities around the Southeast. The Bat Blitz survey is conducted every year at locations throughout Alabama, but was held to Birmingham for the first time in 2017. (Joe Songer | jsonger@al.com). al.com

By The Washington Post

Few things come without an extra fee on Spirit Airlines, but some passengers got a free shot of adrenaline this week when a winged creature flew up and down the cabin.

Videos posted to social media showed passengers on a flight to Newark screaming, laughing, offering suggestions and yelling “It’s the Batmobile!” as what appeared to be a befuddled bat flew up and down the cabin Wednesday morning.

In an email Friday night, Spirit Airlines spokesman Derek Dombrowski confirmed the “stowaway bat” found its way onto a flight from Charlotte, North Carolina, to Newark, New Jersey. He said the company believes the bat flew into an overhead bin in Charlotte while crews performed maintenance overnight. USA Today reported that the flight left Charlotte at 6 a.m. Wednesday.

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