A snake that was reportedly shoved inside what appears like a computer case chose to hiss and slither.
Apparently the person responsible for forcing the snake, yet to be revealed, had tried to sneak the reptile past the security at Miami Airport, and travel to Barbados, West Indies.
By the time the computer unit arrived at a screening area, security administrators found something amiss. According to the Miami Herald, that reported this news, a bomb expert was called in to check the device.
And upon opening the case, a baby python snake identified was found "artfully concealed".
Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation and Security Administration, a department that looks after security at airports was quoted in a report saying, "This organic mass was not explosive, but it shows you can't hide any threat from us."
Koshetz added that even though the snake was inside the electronic device , it had been wound inside a nylon stocking. "It was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public," but its interception helped stop a potential wildlife threat she was quoted as explaining.
"Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results," Koshetz added.
Authorities have not released the person's name, but have been reported of levying a fine. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service meanwhile has taken custody of this slithering reptile, and it is expected to be released to its natural habitat.
In a post on Instagram, the Miami Airport said,"Agent Neville Flynn would be extremely proud of our officers at the Miami International Airport (MIA). You see, Agent Flynn has HAD IT with snakes on planes, and our officers prevented a young Ball Python from flying the friendly skies this past Sunday. ... "
"A traveler on her way to the Grantley Adams International Airport (BGI) in Barbados attempted to smuggle the snakelet inside of an external hard drive packed in her checked bag. If you think airplane seats can feel constricting, imagine how this little guy felt! Talk about bad memories! … While the python itself posed no danger to anyone on the aircraft, an organic item concealed inside electronics raises security concerns, which is why our officers took a closer look. … "
"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service ( @USFWS ) was notified. They responded and took possession of the snake and cited the traveler. Both the traveler and the snake missed their flight. … Conversationally, this python had not gone full monty. It was wearing a nylon stocking. … #SnakesOnPlane #SnakesAlmostOnAPlane #MIA #BGI #Miami #Barbados"
The Miami airport was also in the news recently, with a traveler strapping snakes and turtles to his body. The traveler thought with the reptiles stuck to his body, he could evade a security checkpoint. In another case reported from the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, the Herald, reported a woman as concealing a snake in her bra. In both cases, the reptiles were rescued before the plane departed.
Cases of reptiles and animals being smuggled via the airlines is nothing new. Two men were arrested in 2016 by Mumbai customs for smuggling 199 endangered tortoises in four check in bags to the UAE. The Mumbai Customs department during its interrogation found that the arrested men had bought the endangered species from an animal trader at Crawford Market.