The plane paused, before slowly taxiing far enough behind the bird so as not to disturb it. Then, at one point the flamingo apparently started to fly off, but quickly changed its mind and continued its long, graceful walk, keeping pace with the aircraft. The plane was able to make it to the gate eventually, but not after treating curious passengers to a delightfully unique welcome to the island.
Flamingos are frequent visitors to the area, so it's not all that surprising that one showed up at the airport. However, even the air traffic controllers were taken aback, and tweeted about the incident from the official Spanish Air Traffic Control handle, writing "A flamingo received passengers arriving at Palma airport this morning. Very elegant, walking on the tarmac..."
Should we all be so lucky to be delayed by a showy exotic bird someday.
h/t Travel & Leisure