British Airways may face £250,000 compensation bill after mouse delays flight

Going nowhere: The flight was delayed for several house thanks to the small rodent (REX/Shutterstock)

A British Airways flight from London to San Francisco was delayed for hours when a mouse was spotted on board.

Passengers waiting to fly out of Heathrow on the 10.40am flight yesterday (Wednesday) were told to to leave the plane, as it couldn’t take off with its troublesome cargo on board.

Mice are a major hazard on planes, as they can chew through wires, causing all kinds of not-so-small problems.

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Fed up passengers then had to wait hours before they were able to board another Boeing 777 and resume their journey to the U.S.

B.A. bought them lunch while they waited, eventually taking off four hours and 16 minutes later than planned.

The Independent estimates B.A. may have to foot a compensation bill of up to £250,000 as a result of the delay.

A British Airways spokeswoman said: “We know almost everyone wants to fly with us to San Francisco.

“But on this occasion there was one very small customer who we had to send back to the gate.”