Skip to comments.(Life Imitates Art) Snake on a Plane Forces Emergency Landing
Posted on 12/05/2012 7:17:12 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Snake on a plane forces emergency landing
(CNN) -- Ninety passengers aboard an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait could have used actor Samuel L. Jackson this week after a snake reportedly bit a Jordanian man who smuggled the reptile onboard.
Jackson's character in the movie "Snakes on a Plane" tries to figure out how to save the aircraft after crates of hyped-up serpents started killing the cast.
There wasn't quite that kind of drama on Monday, but the incident forced the pilot to make an emergency landing in the Egyptian resort town of Al Ghardaqa on the Red Sea, according to The Jordan Times.
An Egypt Air official told the paper an investigation revealed that the 48-year-old passenger, who owns a reptile shop in Kuwait, had hidden the Egyptian cobra in a carry-on bag. The passenger was trying to control the snake after it bit his hand and started slithering under the seats.
The Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm reported that the man refused medical treatment, claiming his wound was only superficial. The plane resumed its flight to Kuwait after local authorities confiscated the snake.
Doctors told the passenger he should spend 24 hours in a hospital for observation, but the man refused, the Egyptian Air official said, according to The Jordan Times.
Egyptian cobras are commonly found across North Africa.
According to wildlife experts, the cobra's venom is so deadly it can kill a full-grown elephant in three hours or a person in about 15 minutes. The venom destroys nerve tissue and causes paralysis and death because of respiratory failure.
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Overheard at a U.S. International Airport ...
TSA Screener to Jordanian traveler - “Is that a snake in your pants or are you just happy to see me?”
Jordanian traveler to TSA Screener to Jordanian traveler - Don’t have a hissy fit now.
Jordanian traveler to TSA Screener - Don’t have a hissy fit now.
Oh, a real snake? I thought this was going to be about attorneys or perhaps politicians.
I am tired of the M-F snakes on the MF’ing planes.