AC Flight Grounded by Raccoon

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Air Canada flight 1126 was grounded for three hours yesterday at Saskatoon's John G. Diefenbaker International Airport because an allegedly rowdy and abusive raccoon refused to leave the plane. "For the first hour, it was really novel," said one of the other passengers. "No one's ever seen anything like this."

According to CBC coverage of the incident, an unidentified bystander did "a lot of the work" to get the raccoon out, only to have the rascal escape from custody. "It ran off," said the unnamed hero dejectedly.

Environmentalists meeting this week in Bonn, Germany, attributed the incident to climate change, calculating that unless the developed world takes immediate action on carbon emissions, there is a 97% likelihood (high confidence) that the changing migration patterns of Canadian raccoons will have a catastrophic impact on regional transit hubs by 2050.