MIAMI — We’ve heard of computer bugs, but computer snakes?
According to the Miami Herald, a live python was discovered inside an external hard drive at Miami International Airport on Sunday. The live snake had been stuffed in a bag inside the computer hard drive, which was then hidden inside a checked piece of luggage bound for Barbados.
TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Miami Herald that upon discovering the organic mass on screen, a TSO bomb expert was called into the baggage screening room to investigate the hard drive. That was when the snake was discovered.
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
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services were then called and took possession of the python. The passenger who tried to sneak in the slithering reptile was fined.
Neither the passenger nor her snake made it to sunny Barbados.
In other related news, the prequel to ‘Snakes On A Plane’ – ‘Snakes ALMOST on A Plane’ – is currently in pre-production (just kidding).