Orlando resident Anthony Velardi was flying back from Washington, D.C. when the pilot informed them about the delay. "Only in Florida... a gator held up our Spirit Airlines plane crossing the runway at MCO on the way home from DC," he posted on Facebook.
His video shows the gator casually walking across the runway towards a pond while the plane taxied on the runway.
"It was a great welcome to Florida for the tourists, that's for sure," Mr Velardi told NDTV. "Being a Floridian I was not surprised, however," he added.
Watch the video below:
"Great job filming this! Typical Florida indeed! Welcome home!" commented one Facebook user on the video. "Only in Florida can you bring out the 'why did the gator cross the runway?' joke... 'Oh ya know, to make passengers late for their family vacation to Disney'," posted another.
Back in April, a family in Nokomis, Florida was forced to make a 911 call after they found an 11-foot alligator enjoying a late night swim in their pool. The gator had broken through a screen to make its way into the pool.
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