A snake almost got aboard a plane when its owner tried to smuggle it by hiding it in one place no one would ever think of — his hard drive.
The United States’ Transportation Security Administration (TSA) said the snake, a young ball python, was hidden in the electronic device and placed inside the owner’s bag. If it had passed through security check, the snake would have almost made its way to Barbados on Sunday, June 9, as stated in an Instagram post by TSA.
The agency even injected some humor into their post, saying that fictional Agent Neville Flynn, played by Samuel L. Jackson in the movie “Snakes on A Plane”, would have been “extremely proud” of the agents at Florida’s Miami International Airport for catching the snake.
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Agent Neville Flynn would be extremely proud of our officers at the Miami International Airport (MIA). You see, Agent Flynn has HAD IT with snakes on planes, and our officers prevented a young Ball Python from flying the friendly skies this past Sunday. … A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle the snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories! … While the python itself posed no danger to anyone on the aircraft, an organic item concealed inside electronics raises security concerns, which is why our officers took a closer look. … The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ( @USFWS ) was notified. They responded and took possession of the snake and cited the traveler. Both the traveler and the snake missed their flight. … Conversationally, this python had not gone full monty. It was wearing a nylon stocking. … #SnakesOnPlane #SnakesAlmostOnAPlane #MIA #BGI #Miami #Barbados
TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz said that one of their bomb experts was called into the baggage screening room upon the discovery of the suspicious item. The expert looked inside the hard drive and found the snake, reports The Miami Herald.
When the snake was found, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was notified and later took possession of the reptile. Both the snake and the owner missed their flight. Katrina Hallare/JB