When we think about an airport and all that can go wrong there, we don’t often think about bees. But a few weeks ago, about 10,000 bees—I’m not sure who counted them—settled on the wing of a Delta flight that was supposed to take off for Newark.
Who ya’ gonna call?
If you’re in Pittsburgh, you call Steve Repasky, a local beekeeper who’s been summoned three times so far this year to gently remove bees that have for some reason found Pittsburgh’s airport especially welcoming.
Here are a couple of facts: Bees are a valuable national resource and should be protected. When a colony of bees gets overcrowded, the queen departs with about half the population to begin another colony. Sometimes the little critters get tired and stop to rest as they search for a new home.
That explains those 10,000 bees on the Delta plane, says Steve, who, at the request of airport authorities, gently removed them and took them to his backyard to join a few other hives he keeps there.
The flight took off only an hour behind schedule. And, presumably, the bees now have a new home. Repasky enjoyed some nice publicity for his efforts, and deservedly so.