Wild footage captures bat flying around Spirit Airlines plane midflight

Alex Lasker
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Wild footage captures bat flying around Spirit Airlines plane midflight

A shocking video that allegedly shows a bat flying around a Spirit Airlines plane midflight has gone viral.

Passenger Peter Scattini recorded the wild footage Wednesday about 30 minutes into the flight to Newark, N.J.

In the clip, a small black bat can be seen flying back and forth from the front of the plane to the back as horrified passengers shriek and duck to avoid the intruding creature.

"Me, twice a year: 'I'll never fly spirit again.' Me, this morning, after deciding I'd rather save 12 dollars," Scattini, who says he paid just $57 for his ticket, wrote along with the now-viral clip.

In another video of the incident, less-terrified passengers can be heard joking about the loose creature.

"It's the batmobile!" one girl can be heard shouting in delight. "Hey, Batman!" 

Eventually, Scattini said, the unruly bat was subdued after "someone trapped it between a book & a cup and then locked it in one of the restrooms for the remainder of the trip."

In a statement to AOL.com, Spirit Airlines said it can "confirm a stowaway bat was located on one of our recent flights from Charlotte to Newark" and that "the bat was eventually corralled into a lavatory and removed once on the ground by animal control officers."

"The aircraft was disinfected and searched as a precaution," the company added. "It is believed the bat started its journey in Charlotte, flying into an overhead bin while our crews were doing overnight maintenance. No one was hurt in this incident, including the bat."

In May, footage of a man lighting a cigarette and taking a puff aboard a Spirit Airlines flight to Minneapolis went viral. According to a woman who recorded a clip of the offending passenger, the smoking man was intoxicated at the time the incident took place.