It sounds like the plot to a sequel of Samuel L Jackson’s action film, Snakes on a Plane, but during a flight in America a bat caused panic among the passengers on-board.

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The animal was filmed flying through the cabin during a Delta Airways flight causing so much distress that the pilot was forced to return to the departure airport in Madison, Wisconsin.

Passenger Mike Schmidt filmed the bat flying over passengers heads as they ducked and screamed. The animal was finally contained when it flew into the onboard toilet and a passenger shut the door.

Mr Schmidt sent his footage of the incident on Georgia bound flight to CNN’s iReport, a forum that allows members of the public to publish their own news.