The passengers on a delayed flight from New York to Charlotte, North Carolina, got a bit crabby with the incident.

US Airways spokeswoman Liz Landau said on Friday it's unclear how the fairly small crustaceans escaped their container or what species they were. She says there were 'more than a few' of them

Workers swept the crabs out of the hold, and the flight went on its way.

It's unknown who was shipping them. The airline carries various cargo shipments, along with passengers' luggage.

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