Spiders Swarm Air-Traffic Control, Delay Flights
Arachnids briefly shut down Kansas City airport
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2013 12:05 AM CDT
Waiting for another kind of flyer.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Arachnophobes and people afraid of flying will be equally creeped out by this story: Air traffic controllers in charge of guiding flights into Kansas City International Airport had to flee their posts because of a spider infestation, the New York Daily News reports. Five flights were delayed for around 15 minutes each when the control room was evacuated and controllers were moved to a different part of the building after three of them suffered spider bites. Exterminators found a nest egg that had probably hatched under the controllers' desks, reports KSHB.

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jgmann
Aug 7, 2013 11:26 AM CDT
Seems like the Air Traffic Controllers figured out the vector .
dungbeetle
Aug 7, 2013 11:16 AM CDT
What species? (the spiders not the controllers.) Since there are extremely few poisonous spiders in the U.S., (and none of them fly) this doesn't seem to be a very serious event. Does no one own a flyswatter any more? Just creepin' . . .
No-Left-Turn
Aug 7, 2013 6:25 AM CDT
Our house is in the middle of a woods next to a marsh. Spiders are pretty much regular residents, which is amazing given how tight the construction of the house. Ours don't bite, though.