Emirates Airline, on Monday cancelled one of its flights from Muscat, Oman, to the UAE after baggage handlers found a snake in the cargo hold.
A spokesperson for the Dubai-based airline, said the snake was found on flight EK0863 before passengers boarded the plane, though Emirates did not specify the species of snake, nor whether it was potentially dangerous.
The carrier confirmed that the aircraft was searched before re-entering service and arriving at its destination several hours later.
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This is not the first time a snake has been found aboard a flight, just like the 2006 thriller movie, ‘Snakes on a plane’. In November last year, first class passengers on an Aeromexico flight were confronted by a snake that fell from an overhead storage compartment. Nobody was hurt in the incident but a few passengers were rattled.
The escaped reptile was enough for air traffic authorities to give the jet – a domestic flight from Torreon to Mexico City – a priority landing.
A university rector from Torreon posted a video on Twitter of the snake making its way out of an overhead luggage locker and dropping into the cabin.
Also, a 10ft (3m) scrub python was spotted clinging on to the wing as a plane made its way between the Australian town of Cairns and Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea in 2013.
Similarly, in 2012, animal protection officers had to rescue a young Middle American smooth-scaled racer which arrived in Scotland on a flight from Mexico.
Meanwhile, in clarifying its brewing trouble with the Nigerian Senate, Emirates airline has said that it currently has over 60 Nigerians as employees, contrary to the recent news that it employs only 10 Nigerians.
In a statement, the airline said Emirates employs more than 130 Nigerian nationals across the Emirates group, of which over 60 are employed in Nigeria and not 10 as reported in some local media.