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Are owls posing a threat to American air travel?

Big airplanes can still face difficulties from seemingly small causes of problems. An owl might seem so small as to be insignificant when compared to the average airplane, but that doesn't mean that they aren't worthy of concern. And the easily maneuvered craft of a charter airplane service might help you avoid any potential inconvenience a stray flying critter might pose.

Planes that service the Baltimore area airports might be particularly at risk of being hurt by these birds, the Washington Post reported, but they also caused consternation at other airports as far north as Massachusetts.

How are these snowy owls so dangerous to pilots and passengers alike? In addition to flying around the same height as the craft and getting uncomfortably close, they can also land on the runways, halting standard takeoff and landing procedures and providing anything from annoyance to something that changes the schedules of planes departing and landing.

An unusual amount of these birds, which normally occupy far colder climates, has been seen this season, as a local CBS affiliate pointed out. Philadelphia even has a specimen it calls "Philly" under monitor by local scientists.

But, cuteness aside, travelers need to be assured that the sudden appearance of a feathered friend won't ruin their holiday plans or important business trip. As the Post notes, more than 10,000 bird-related airline incidents were reported last year alone.

To guarantee that the impact of these appearances is minimal, air charter services in areas with a high level of owl activity need to anticipate the circumstances of their arrival and be mindful of the changes that could become necessary.