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Samuel L. Jackson would be pleased to know this snake did not make it onto a plane.

Andrea Romano
July 10, 2018

Officers found a python inside an external hard drive packed in a piece of luggage at Miami International Airport on Sunday, the Miami Herald reported. The luggage carrying the snake was bound for a flight to Barbados.

The TSA was tipped off to the snake in the baggage screening room. When the agents discovered “organic” matter within the luggage, bomb experts were called in to investigate the hard drive. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services was called and confiscated the animal. The passenger carrying the snake was reportedly fined and missed their flight.

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“While this mass inside the electronic device was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public, the interception did prevent a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft. Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results,” TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Miami Herald.

Koshetz also mentioned that snakes and turtles are not permitted through TSA security checkpoints. They are also not considered emotional support animals by most airlines, so it’s best to leave the reptiles at home.

Consider "Snakes on a Plane" a cautionary tale rather than a campy action movie.

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