On April 18, Catherine Moreau was on a flight to Montreal from the Dominican Republic when she felt something rubbing against her. “I brushed [it] away and it started tickling me again. That’s when I noticed the tarantula,” Moreau told CBC News. “I hit it to get it off me before it bit.”
The tarantula that climbed her leg was one of two on the Air Transat flight. The spiders are believed to have escaped from another passenger’s luggage.
After a huge fuss was made by Moreau, other paassengers screamed and stood on their seats after learning the spiders were on the loose.
Julie Roberts, vice-president of Air Transat’s flight attendant union, said flight attendants “did what they could to calm people down.”
“They gave first aid to the person who said that a spider climbed [her] legs,” she said. Flight attendants also asked passengers to put on their shoes and cover their ankles.
Now Moreau is asking Air Transat for a refund of the four tickets she purchased. Her daughters and husband were on the flight and experienced the horror of it all. The airline has yet to respond.
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