US Airways passengers from LaGuardia to Charlotte may have been a tiny bit crabby Thursday night over a 26-minute delay. But it turned out a large mess of small crabs -- found loose in the forward cargo hold -- was truly disrupted.

Flight 890, scheduled to depart at 6:59 p.m., was held up while workers swept the pint-size crustaceans out of the cargo hold, said Josh Freed, a US Airways spokesman. The crab species was not known, he said, but the critters were "widespread," and there was "a lot of them."

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