AirAsia flight in Malaysia was rerouted after a snake found on the plane, the airline has confirmed.
AirAsia flight in Malaysia rerouted after snake found onboard plane – Insiderfolks, On February 10, a domestic flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau was en route when many passengers allegedly noticed a snake on board. A Twitter user posted a picture of a snake slithering between the plane’s light fittings.
“This is a very unusual incidence that can happen on any aircraft at any moment,” said Captain Liong Tien Ling, AirAsia’s top safety officer confirmed.
The jet was rerouted to Kuching once the captain learned about the unexpected extra passenger.
The airliner was fumigated there, and the snake stowaway was removed.
“The Captain took the right steps, and the flight safely departed for Tawau as quickly as possible,” stated Ling in the statement.
“Our visitors’ and crew’s safety and well-being are always our top priorities. At no time was the safety of guests or crew at any risk.”
Snakes on airplanes are extremely unusual, but they do occur.
A passenger, who happened to be the proprietor of a reptile business, snuck a cobra in his carry-on luggage on an Egyptair trip in 2012 and was caught after the snake got free and bit his hand.
Unintentionally, snakes also end on flights.
That’s what happened to a Scottish woman returning from a trip in Australia in 2016 when she discovered a stowaway python in her shoe mid-flight.
The snake was recovered and quarantined by the local chapter of the Society for the Protection of Animals (SPCA) upon the plane’s arrival in Glasgow.
Fortunately, the reptile was recognized as a non-venomous spotted python.
Incidents like this frequently make the rounds on the internet, due to the lingering popularity of the cult hit 2006 film “Snakes on a Plane,” which starred Samuel L. Jackson as an FBI agent battling a swarm of snakes that were… well, you know.