Beware The Frogs

July 19, 2009

in Animal Stories

I have read many of the stories on this website, and I can say that I have shared most of these experiences. I have been thin and sat next to a person who was grossly overweight, and I have been grossly overweight and sat next to a thin person. There is usually a way to be polite in either situation, and accommodate your fellow passengers. Then I experienced something that was so outrageous that I think the story belongs here.

I was on my way back to NYC from Orlando. We had been waiting our turn for takeoff for well over an hour when a woman two aisles ahead of me, and on the other side of the plane, began to scream. She seemed a bit hysterical, and was attracting everyone’s attention except the flight attendant’s. She was seated next to a guy who had long, unwashed hair, perhaps axle grease or just dirt on his face, and was wearing a pair of coveralls. He was laughing, and his toothless grin reminded me of the characters in the movie Deliverance. He had a large portfolio on his lap which he opened to show the contents to the woman seated next to him. When he did, the entire contents jumped out and began jumping around the cabin. The portfolio was filled with perhaps as many as 75 to 100 green tree frogs from Florida. It seems he was bringing them home to feed to his snakes. The frogs were everywhere, jumping on me, the people in front and behind me, all over the cabin. The man seated next to me, a biologist it turned out, cautioned everyone not to touch these particular frogs since they emit a sticky substance that can cause skin and eye irritation that may even require medical treatment.

I called a flight attendant and explained to her what was going on. She told me she would have to take this to the captain. A few minutes later the captain made the announcement that we would be going back to the gate. The flight attendant came by my seat and said I hope you’re happy now. I was; I just wanted to get off that plane. By this time, there were frogs everywhere. I was doing my best not to come in contact with them, but like everyone on the plane, they were on my feet, legs, under the seats, and couldn’t be avoided. I just tried not to touch one.

About 20 minutes later the pilot made an announcement that we were going to take off anyway. I couldn’t believe it! A two hour flight to NY, with a plane load of frogs that can cause skin irritation or burn your eyes. The plane took off, 2 1/2 hours late, and I spent the entire time trying to keep the frogs off me, and listening to other passengers scream in terror occasionally as a frog jumped on them. This, like most of the stories I have read on this site, could have been controlled by the airline, but they never seem to care do they? I imagine many will find this account humorous. I laugh about it myself, but let me assure you, this was no laughing matter for any of the passengers on that flight.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

SAW July 19, 2009 at 5:00 pm

Please let me be the first one to sign the "do not believe" book.


david July 19, 2009 at 7:02 pm

this is one flight from hell that came from a whole made up story which is completely bs

first of all how would someone get all those frogs on the plane? last time i checked you weren't allowed to have frogs in the cabin, and TSA (security) would have seen them in the xray machine and stopped him.

good funny story but didnt happen….besides i live in the nyc area and if this really happened i gurantee that it would be on the news which it wasnt


Amber May 20, 2016 at 9:58 am

While I do agree that more often then not TSA would catch the animals during security checks, there have been instances of people getting through with animals they were trying to smuggle over, only to be caught upon landing and going through customs. Those cases are all over the news.


MJ July 19, 2009 at 11:28 pm

This is truly bizarre.


Anonymous July 20, 2009 at 12:53 am

What David said. If this had happened, it would have been ALL OVER the national news unless it was more than 15 years ago.

Frankly, not even funny, either.


Jodi July 20, 2009 at 5:39 am

::yawn:: I don't believe it, and I didn't enjoy it.


SAW July 20, 2009 at 6:43 am

Hell… it would have been in the news 30 years ago…

Seriously – there needs to be a better vetting system for accepting stories for this site. Lately, we’re seeing everything from outright lies to ordinary annoyances. Not “flights from hell” anymore.

I think there’s 1 appropriate story now, for every 20.


theblackdog July 20, 2009 at 11:35 am

I call shenanigans, airlines would not allow frogs to be brought onto the plane.


poco July 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

What they all said. This is obviously completely bogus.


Julicans July 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm


TSA wouldn't have let this get through the check point-but then again a woman made it through a whole flight with a monkey under her shirt~~~SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Spokane woman who hid a sedated monkey under her blouse on a flight from Thailand to Los Angeles — pretending she was pregnant — has been convicted of smuggling charges.

Gypsy Lawson, 29, successfully passed through U.S. Customs in Los Angeles with the rhesus monkey hidden in her shirt after the November 2007 trip.

So maybe this did happen but I doubt it.


Mike R. July 21, 2009 at 4:06 am

I'm curious about your opening comments in this post. " I have been thin and sat next to a person who was grossly overweight, and I have been grossly overweight and sat next to a thin person."

You must have experienced some major weight swings. Do you have some some major mood swings as well?

After hearing you spin a story that I must agree sounds the slightest bit contrived……..I would recommend that you be be sure to remain compliant re: your prescribed meds.



Hugh July 22, 2009 at 7:40 am

I believe it. I was at that same airport and I was sitting next to a morbidly obese very think man. The lady in the aisle seat next to me opened her bag and Bigfoot came out and walked through the cabin. The FAs were talking and didn't notice. Then after waiting 37 hours on the tarmac to take off, we finally left. Bigfoot threw up on the man next to me and I had to smell it the whole way. The FAs couldn't be bothered, and made me make my own coffee in the galley. As I was walking back to my seat, I hearly tripped on something. It was the tail of a Unicorn that a woman on board had snuck on the plane. It was horrible and I cried and the airline should reimburse me. We were delayed for a blizzard in Miami, and If I would have only been allowed to be diverted through Nepal and Syndey, everything would have been fine. Then, to top it off, the pilot and co-pilot both died during the flight and Dracula happened to be on board and landed the plane. honestly!!!


SAW July 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

Hugh… I believed everything up until Dracula flying the plane. If you anywhere between Nepal and Sydney, then it had to have been daylight during some portion of your trip and Dracula would have died – Unless he was in his coffin most of the time, and everyone knows those go in the cargo hold.

Now – if you'd have said it was the MUMMY, then well… maybe I'd be less skeptical.


Jodi July 24, 2009 at 4:31 am

Hugh.. lol I can't breathe I'm laughing so hard!!


Dianna July 31, 2009 at 1:28 pm

So evidently the FAs were completely blind and couldn't see the frogs? What?

So many people already have, but I'm raising the BS flag on this one.


Mack October 27, 2009 at 10:07 am

I doubt that this story is true.

She failed to include a conclusion, like what happened when they landed? Who cleaned up the frogs? What happened to the guy who brought them on the plane? …

Nice try, but probably not true.


Chris February 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

I guess that passenger was hopping mad…lol


xxx March 8, 2013 at 9:57 pm


lol couldnt resist


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