Snake on a plane! Priority landing after reptile dangled from bin

A snake created a scare for passengers on a flight in Mexico on Sunday, leading to the inevitable association with the "Snakes on a Plane" movie that gained fame with Jackson as a starring actor.

Someone call Samuel L. Jackson. A snake created a scare for passengers on a flight in Mexico on Sunday, leading to the inevitable association with the "Snakes on a Plane" movie that gained fame with Jackson as a starring actor.

Passengers on Aeromexico Flight 231 got the real-life "Snake on a Plane" treatment Sunday. The unwelcome surprise came on a flight to Mexico City from Torreon in Mexico’s north. Aeromexico typically flies that flight on an Embraer E190 aircraft, according to its website.

A passenger captured video of the reptile squirming from one of the aircraft’s overhead storage bins, with the snake appearing to be fall down into the cabin toward the end of the short video. A second video from the plane (via YouTube) showed passengers moving away from the snake as it dangled from the bin area.

It was difficult to tell the exact size of the snake from the video, though a report in the Houston Chronicle put it at 5 feet.

UPI reports that the snake – thought to be a venomous green viper, according to the wire service – eventually fell into a seating area while the plane was still in flight.

What happened next? The Star-Telegram of Fort Worth says "flight attendants notified the pilot, who organized an emergency landing at the plane’s destination." Aeromexico released a statement to The Associated Press acknowledging the plane was given priority landing in Mexico City, where workers then "secured the reptile."

“The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future,” Aeromexico added in a statement to CNN.

Indalecio Medina, the passenger who posted the video to Twitter, is quoted by UPI as saying he captured the snake in a blanket and "gave it some magazines to read."

It was a "unique experience," Medina added.

USA TODAY


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