Snake on a plane: Serpent stalls Dubai-bound flight

Baggage handlers found the potentially-venomous vagabond in the aircraft's cargo hold.

January 10, 2017 11:53

Snake (illustrative). (photo credit: ING IMAGE/ASAP)


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A flight departing from the Gulf Arab state Oman to nearby Dubai was held up Monday after Emirates airline staff discovered a loose snake slithering aboard the aircraft, the BBC reported.

Baggage handlers allegedly found the serpent in the plane's cargo hold before passengers had boarded.

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The aircraft was then grounded for several hours while airline personnel carried out further searches of the plane to rule out the possibility of other serpentine vagabonds. The reptilian ruckus-maker was apparently removed later without incident.

The Dubai-based airline, however, did not specify the snake's species or whether it had been venomous.

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