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Anytime a reptile takes a trip on a plane, the obligatory Snakes on a Plane references come out in force. It’s happened again, with a python taking a trip from Australia to Papua New Guinea. Thankfully, Samuel L. Jackson was not needed to rescue the passengers.
According to Australia’s Townsville Bulletin, an amethystine python hitched a ride on a Qantas flight from Cairns, Australia to Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea on Thursday. A passenger spotted the python clinging for dear life and rang the alarm while the flight was in the air.
Passengers could only watch in horror as the python whipped against the plane, creating a blood trail just above Qantas’ kangaroo logo. Fortunately for the humans, the python posed no danger. Unfortunately for the python, it did not survive the trip.
The Telegraph reports that the python is believed to have slithered to the Cairns airport from the mangroves in the region.
“We have never heard of this happening before,” a spokesman for the airline said. “The python must have taken refuge on the exterior of the aircraft at Cairns Airport overnight before take off.”
Last April, Snakes on a Plane happened in real life, when a pilot found a snake crawling up his leg and literally told air traffic control, “I've got snakes on a plane.” That incident also happened in Australia.
So, whenever you fly to Australia, definitely check for snakes.