According to stories in the media on Tuesday, passengers on a United Airlines flight were startled to see a surprise traveler slithering around in business class.
The port authorities of New York and New Jersey informed Reuters that a snake was discovered on Monday onboard a plane that had travelled from Florida to New Jersey and had arrived at Newark Liberty International Airport. When they saw the snake aboard the plane, passengers in business class screamed and raised their feet, a passenger on the trip told News 12 The Bronx.
According to port authorities and Reuters, it was determined to be a garter snake. grass snakes, commonly referred to as garter snakes. According to the Florida Museum of Natural History, garter snakes are harmless to people and do not possess venom. Officials and airport animal control workers removed the snake after the plane arrived at the gate. After that, they said, the snake was let loose in nature. The port authority official told Reuters that no one was hurt and that there was no impact to airport operations. United and the port officials declined to say how the snake got on the plane.
A snake has previously frightened passengers on an aeroplane. In February, a snake was found in an overhead light bulb aboard an AirAsia aircraft, leading to a detour.
An attendant on a SunExpress aircraft earlier this year discovered a snake’s head in her onboard dinner, which was probably even more unsettling.
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