Animals were involved in the making of this list.
This summer, airlines had to cancel and delay flights because of staff shortages, but flight delays are nothing new. They’re often caused by the usual suspects: bad weather conditions, mechanical problems, and scheduling issues with the crew or the aircraft. But there are times when flights are delayed for bizarre reasons and that’s fodder for headlines the next morning (and Twitter threads moments later). Let’s have a look at some of these incidents, in no particular order of weirdness (and not counting unruly behavior due to mask mandates).