Bye Bye Birdies

A new law might let airport employees take free shots at birds who can get in the way of take off

No one likes to sit on a plane stuck on a runway because a flock of birds decided it was a good day to fly in the takeoff pattern of the plane.

Well those birds better watch out.

A new proposed state law, inspired by a North Florida legislator whose wife's plane was delayed because of birds, will allow airport employees to chase birds and other animals out of the path of planes without fear of prosecution. They can even shoot at them now.

Florida would be the first state to pass such a law.

It sounds silly, but animals delay more flights than you know.

Remember the plane that was forced to make a miracle landing on the Hudson River? Guess what did it in?  A flock of geese.

Last month, a turkey vulture smashed through the windshield of a man's private plane in Broward, forcing the pilot to make an emergency landing at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

In 2008, a reported more than 7,000 animals struck planes while in flight across the nation.

Who knew the friendly skies could be so dangerous?

Perhaps Mother Nature will help animals evolve by giving them GPS because lawmakers are arming airports with shotguns.

Copyright AP - Associated Press
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