GA: Five million honeybees die at Atlanta airport; Delta apologizes for “unfortunate situation”

Source: USA Today

“About 5 million honeybees bound for Alaska last weekend got waylaid when Delta Air Lines routed them through Atlanta, where most of the bees died after being left for hours in crates on the ground during hot weather. The bees were the first of two shipments ordered by Alaska beekeeper Sarah McElrea from a distributor in California. The bees were to be used to pollinate apple orchards and nurseries in Alaska, where they are not native. … Delta called it an ‘unfortunate situation.’ In an emailed statement, Delta spokeswoman Catherine Morrow told The Associated Press on Friday that the airline ‘was made aware of the shipment situation … and quickly engaged the appropriate internal teams to assess the situation. We have taken immediate action to implement new measures to ensure events of this nature do not occur in the future.'” (04/30/22)