Staff found a tarantula spider in the cargo of a flight from Baltimore to Atlanta on Wednesday night.
Delta Flight 1525 was scheduled to fly from Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport at 7 p.m. But prior to passengers boarding the aircraft, an employee spotted the spider.
There was a cargo shipment of different insects that was breached, thus enabling the tarantula to escape. The pilot notified the passengers about the situation and announced that it is possible other insects could have broken free to.
Even though the venom of tarantulas in the United States is not dangerous and it was not in the cabin, the passengers were transferred to another aircraft as an extra safety precaution. The passengers endured a delay of 3 hours.