An Asian bird managed to stow itself on a business class flight from Singapore to London, and no one noticed it for 12 hours

Singapore AirlinesA Singapore Airlines plane.
  • A stowaway mynah bird was found in business class on a Singapore Airlines flight between Singapore and London last week.
  • It was only discovered 12 hours into the 14-hour flight.
  • Footage of the bird sitting on a headrest above passengers has gone viral on Facebook.
  • Singapore Airlines told INSIDER in a statement that the bird was caught by cabin crew and handed to animal quarantine authorities at London Heathrow.

A stowaway bird was found travelling without a ticket – in business class, no less – on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight between Singapore and London last Monday.

It was only 12 hours into the 14-hour journey that the freeloading bird, which has been identified as a mynah bird, was discovered.

The bird, a native to southern Asia, should have paid around S$5,969 ($US4,400) for the ticket, which is how much it costs if booked for tomorrow.

In a video posted on Facebook, the mynah bird could be seen settling atop a headrest, presumably deciding how best to make use of SIA’s extensive in-flight entertainment opportunities, when a flight attendant takes a swipe at it.

In a statement sent to INSIDER, SIA wrote: “A bird was found on Singapore Airlines flight SQ322 from Singapore to London on 7 January 2019.

“The bird first appeared in the Business Class cabin about 12 hours into the flight.

“It was subsequently caught by cabin crew with the assistance of some of the passengers on board and handed over to authorities in charge of animal quarantine upon the aircraft’s arrival in London.”

It is still unclear how the creature managed to board the 6,736-mile flight.

The daring mynah isn’t the only bird that has attempted to board a flight in recent months.

In December last year, a passenger at JFK was caught trying to smuggle 70 live finches into the country in their hand luggage.

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