Flying Penguins

“Is anyone here allergic to penguins?” the captain of Delta Flight 486 from Atlanta to New York asked passengers—including this writer—on Wednesday night. “No? Alright, we have a surprise for you.”

“How would we even know if we were?” I asked the woman seated next to me in seat 33D.

“He can’t be serious,” she said, pausing briefly as she flipped through her copy of Sky Mall.

But sure enough, after the plane reached a cruising altitude of 30,000 feet and the seat-belt sign was turned off, a pair of penguins waddled down the aisle from first class.

“You can take pictures, but we ask that you don’t touch them,” the captain announced.

I’d probably have to sit on my hands in order to follow that last request…’cause if I got that close to an actual penguin I’d have to at least pet it. Rest of the story, along with a video clip, is here.

This is a short clip of the same pair on an earlier leg of the flight:

Curious critters, ain’t they? I like the way they start walking around and checking things out right away.

I should get myself a couple of those cute lil’ birds . I’m pretty sure my basement would keep cool enough all summer. Got an old cistern down there they could swim in and everything…


Hat-tip to Consumerist.


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