Wednesday 7 December 2016

Snake on a Plane! No, really - passengers trap reptile with blanket

Crew follow 'established safety protocol'

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Published 09/11/2016 | 10:59

Composite Image: Aeromexico plane (Deposit Photos) with snake (inset, screengrab from Twitter/inda_medina).
Composite Image: Aeromexico plane (Deposit Photos) with snake (inset, screengrab from Twitter/inda_medina).

Passengers have trapped an actual snake on an actual plane, in a drama with everything but Samuel L Jackson.

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The snake, captured on video (below) and posted to Twitter by passenger Indalecio Medina, emerged on an Aeromexico flight last weekend.

It emerged suddenly from an overhead bin on a flight from Torreon to Mexico City, according to reports by the Associated Press.

"On November 6, 2016, we were surprised to find a small snake aboard our flight AM231," the airline confirmed in a statement.

The snake is believed to have measured about three feet in length, and was trapped by passengers using blankets, Mr Medina told AP.

"It was a frightening situation," he is reported as saying, "but people remained calm because it didn't get out of that space and nobody became hysterical."

The flight proceeded to land in Mexico City.

"Our cabin crew followed established safety protocol and acted quickly to notify animal protective services in order to humanely capture the wayward reptile," Aeromexico said. Passenger safety was "the foremost concern," it added.

Snakes on a Plane is a 2006 movie in which Samuel L Jackson stages an expletive-ridden fightback against a cargo of poisonous reptiles.

Thankfully, however, the snake on Aeromexico flight 231 was a non-venomous animal. It came from southeast Mexico, the airline confirmed.

"Our passengers' safety remains an integral part of our core values, and we will continue to work to make every flight as enjoyable as possible," it said.

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