Transportation Security Administration agents at Miami International Airport found a slithery surprise in a checked bag on Sunday.
According to the TSA, agents found a python in checked luggage for a passenger attempting to fly to Barbados.
It was tied up in a stocking and place inside a computer, according to the Miami Herald.
“The snake, that didn’t get on a plane thanks to our officers’ diligent screening, had been artfully concealed inside the electronics of a hard drive and placed in a checked bag headed for a flight to Barbados,” TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz told the Herald.
Upon seeing the “organic mass” in the luggage, a TSA agent called for a bomb squad expert to further investigate and identify the hidden python.
The passenger and his scaly stowaway were held at the airport while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials responded and took possession of the python.
The passenger was fined, according to the Herald.
“While this mass inside the electronic device was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public, the interception did prevent a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft,”
Koshetz told the Herald. “Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results.”
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
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