Enough is Enough: Emirates is Sick and Tired of Snakes on a Plane

Three months ago Garuda Indonesia had snakes but the airline dismissed it claiming they were just ‘legless lizards’ (like that’s better?).

Two months ago there was an actual snake on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City. The flight made it to its destination but was given priority for landing and airline employees ‘secured the reptile’.

Last year there were snakes in the Bangkok airport.

Most of the time of course it’s just other passengers’ trouser snakes that wreak havoc.

But for one Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai, Samuel L. Jackson’s rage didn’t manage to quell the snakes. Emirates EK863 was reportedly cancelled on Sunday however aircraft tracking sites suggest that it was only delayed. Several media have a statement from Emirates on the cancellation, but better reporting seems to suggest a delay of about 5 hours.

A spokesperson for the airline, quoted by Dubai-based media, said the snake was found before passengers boarded the plane.

The aircraft was searched before re-entering service and arriving at its destination several hours later.

It turns out that the snake was in the cargo hold.

Samuel L. Jackson’s famous line is very much Not Safe For Work.

About Gary Leff

Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community InsideFlyer.com, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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