A snake on a plane became a nightmare for hundreds of Qantas Airline passengers in Sydney, Australia overnight, who were supposed to be on their way to Japan. The snake itself was a small eight-inch creature and caused no problems, but the nightmare came when the flight was grounded due to that small snake, according to Fox News on Sept. 23.
The non-venomous snake was only eight-inches long and it was removed without a problem, before any of the passengers boarded the flight. For some reason the airlines grounded the flight for that one tiny snake discovery. The snake was taken to quarantine to find out where it came from. It was spotted on the Boeing 747-400 near a doorway after the plane had been on the tarmac for most of Sunday once flying in from Singapore. The stowaway was found by the flight crew before any of the passengers boarded.
It is not known where the snake came from but it was identified as a Mandarin ratsnake which is manly found in Asia. The Department to Agriculture was able to identify the type of snake. The little unwanted passenger left 370 passengers stranded at the airport because the plane was grounded due to the discovery of the snake.
This is the second snake that tried to hitch a ride on a Qantas flight this year, the first one was more of a nail-biting experience. Passengers watched out the window of a plane mid-flight as a python hung on for dear life on the wing of the plane. The snake had tucked itself in the wing before takeoff and it got a ride of its life.
The python fought the ice cold temperatures and strong fierce wind and was still on the wing when the plane landed. Although it hung on, it had died somewhere along the way from the extreme conditions. In another incident from Australia, a freight pilot back in 2012 was forced to make and emergency landing after a snake came out of the plane’s dashboard in mid-flight. Out of the 25 most venomous snakes on this planet, Australia is home to 20 of those species. This could be why a snake on a plane in Australia is taken as a serious situation.
The other thing to consider is the panic a snake would cause in a plane full of passengers. Since there was one snake on the Qantas plane, there could have been more tucked into the bowels of the aircraft, no one knew. So searching the plane for more snakes would make since before taking off.