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Found: A Snake on a Plane

The airline won’t say what kind, but it did cancel the flight.

An Emirates flight in Muscat.
An Emirates flight in Muscat. Martin Dougiamas/CC BY 2.0

In Muscat, Oman, an Emirates flight was preparing to head to Dubai, when staff found a snake hiding in the plane’s baggage hold.

According to the BBC, the airline has not said what type of snake was found on the plane or how large it was. But it was a notable enough snake that the flight was canceled, as the Times of Oman reports.

The snake was discovered before the plane took off, Emirates said. 

This past November, though, a snake made it into the air without detection. It climbed out of the overhead bins mid-way to Mexico City:

As the BBC points out, snakes end up on planes more often than one might expect. The snake flying over Mexico had much easier time than the scrub python that flew from Australia to Papua New Guinea in 2013 on the wing of a plane.

Really, snakes are adept at ending up in many places humans would rather not find them. In the past month, one snake—a young anaconda—found its way into the toilet of a home in Arlington, Va, while another, venomous species was discovered in a Christmas tree in Australia and three more were found in a package at a post office

Only snakes on a plane, though, have had the honor of being featured in the 2006 Samuel L. Jackson movie Snakes on a Plane.