Snakes (Almost) On a Plane

By DANIEL MACHT
|  Monday, Feb 23, 2009  |  Updated 7:30 PM PDT
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Snakes (Almost) On a Plane

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That old adage about life imitating art rings true once again.

Enough is enough. We have got to get these snakes off these planes.

Australian baggage screeners have caught a man attempting to smuggle 44 snakes and lizards on a plane to Bangkok, according to a report.

The slithery snakes and lizards were stuffed inside socks and other goodies inside a 24-year-old’s suitcase, Britain’s Daily Telegraph reported.

X-ray scanners helped disrupt the smuggler’s plan to sell his bounty, which included 24 shingleback lizards, 16 bluetongue lizards, three black-headed pythons and an albino carpet python.

The rare python alone could fetch about $13,000.

Believe it or not, snakes have reaped havoc on planes in the past.

“I’ve got a handful of snake, and I’ve got a handful of plane,” pilot Monty Coles told an air traffic controller back in the day when a black serpent slithered out of his instrument panel and then coiled on his arm, he told USA Today.

Luckily Coles was able to land his four-seater.

Good thing that latest batch of snakes didn’t make it on the plane to Bangkok cause Samuel L. Jackson probably wasn’t around to fight them.
 

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