A live reptile allegedly scares passengers of a commercial flight in Mexico as the serpent slithered into the cabin.
According to reports, the green live reptile appeared suddenly on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon in the country’s north to Mexico City on Sunday, emerging from the ceiling behind an overhead luggage compartment.
In a video captured by a passenger Indalecio Medina, the live reptile was seen wriggling briefly as if trapped before partially dropping down into the cabin.
“I was reading a magazine and the passenger next to me saw it and, ‘Oh my word!’” Medina told The Associated Press by phone Monday. He estimated it was over 3 feet (about 1 meter) in length.
Initial reaction of passengers is to hastily unbuckled themselves to get clear of the dangling snake before it dropped to the floor, where people trapped it between rows 5 and 6 with blankets provided by a flight attendant, Medina said.
“It was a frightening situation … but people remained calm because it didn’t get out of that space and nobody became hysterical,” Medina said. “Some people got up to see what kind of reptile it was, but nobody got carried away.”
An immediate action from the pilot had made the plane to be given an emergency landing in Mexico City and touched down 10 minutes later. Passengers exited out the rear, and animal control workers came on board to take the stowaway into custody.
Aeromexico meanwhile said in a statement that it was doing an investigation how the live reptile got into the cabin and has assured to take measures to keep such scary incident from recurring.
On the other hand, the scene has straightly reminded of the Hollywood thriller “Snakes on a Plane”, a 2006 action movie that was about exactly what the title suggests. It is treasured by fans for its campy premise and star Samuel L. Jackson’s profanity-laced declaration of war on the CGI-generated serpents.