Tiny snake on plane causes delays

MEGAN LEVY
Last updated 12:03 23/09/2013
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SNAKES ON A PLANE: Not quite the same size as the reptile found on a Qantas plane.

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Someone get Samuel L. Jackson on the phone.

A snake on a plane has delayed hundreds of Qantas passengers, who were forced to spend the night in a hotel when the reptile was discovered on-board the aircraft at Sydney International Airport on Sunday night.

The tiny snake, which measured just 20 centimetres long and was the width of a ball-point pen, was found wriggling near the door of QF21 on Sunday night.

It was a little less threatening than the snakes in Jackson's 2006 fictional Hollywood blockbuster Snakes on a Plane, in which a nest of vipers causes death and destruction on a jet.

A Qantas spokeswoman said a cabin crew member discovered the critter before the 370 passengers boarded the plane, which was bound for Tokyo.

The passengers were accommodated in hotels on Sunday night while quarantine inspectors caught and examined the snake. They are yet to determine what type it is.

The Qantas spokeswoman said the plane had been on the ground in Sydney all day on Sunday after an earlier flight from Singapore. The re-scheduled flight took off at 7.15am (9.15am NZT) on Monday.

It's the second "snakes on a plane" moment for Qantas this year.

In January, a three-metre python hitched a ride on an early morning flight from Cairns to Papua New Guinea.

Passengers spotted the scrub python sitting outside on the wing of the plane.

It was believed to have crawled up inside the landing bay, before the wind caught the last 30 centimetres of its tail and pulled it straight out.

That snake did not survive the ordeal.

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- Sydney Morning Herald

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