Representational image. A garter snake appeared in a US flight and scared the passengers (Pic. Courtesy wikimedia commons)
In a bizarre incident on a US flight, a snake suddenly appeared in the business class of the aircraft creating a scare among passengers on Monday at the end of a flight from Florida’s Tampa city to New Jersey.
The Washington Times cited local TV channel News 12 New Jersey as reporting that the passengers flying in business class spotted the snake while the plane was taxiing after landing. Passengers started shrieking and pulling up their feet, according to the TV station.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said in a statement that the airport’s wildlife operations staff and Port Authority Police Department officers met United Flight 2038 at the gate and removed the “garter snake” and later on released it into the wild, according to The Washington Post.
The statement said that no one was injured and operations were not affected.
In a statement, United said passengers alerted the crew to the snake, and the airline “called the appropriate authorities to take care of the situation.”
After the snake was removed, passengers deplaned with their baggage, and the plane was searched thoroughly but no other reptile was found.