A passenger left a pet snake on an airplane. The sleeping reptile was found by a boy who pointed it out to his mother. All this took place on a flight to Anchorage, Alaska – no Sam Jackson in sight.
The creature was left over in a cabin from a previous flight. The captain informed the passengers with an announcement: "Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don't know where it is."
The light yellow five-foot-long snake wasn't venomous. It was asleep and partially covered by a duffel bag near the back of the plane.
According to the mother of the boy who discovered the pet, there wasn't much of a panic on board. She said a pilot left the cockpit to guide a flight attendant on how to safely secure the reptile. The snake was held by the midsection and placed into a trash bag. It spent the rest of the flight in an overhead storage bin.
The crew was first made aware of the snake when a passenger reported his pet was missing after he deplaned in Aniak and suggested that the reptile was likely on a return trip to Anchorage.
A spokesman for Ravn Alaska, William Walsh, said the airline was appreciative to be forewarned, but added that the passenger had violated airline policy by bringing the snake aboard without declaring it. The type of snake or whether the passenger could face charges remain unknown.