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Snake scares plane passengers


MEXICO CITY (AP) – Passengers on a commercial flight in Mexico were given a start when a serpent slithered into the cabin in a scene straight out of the Hollywood thriller “Snakes on a Plane.”

Carrier Aeromexico says the reptile was detected on a Sunday flight from Torreon in the country’s north to Mexico City.

A brief video circulating online by passenger Indalecio Medina shows a greenish snake emerging from the ceiling behind an overhead luggage compartment and then partially dropping down into the cabin.

“I was reading a magazine and the passenger next to me saw it and, ‘Oh my word!’” Medina told Associated Press by phone on Monday. He estimated it was over 3 feet (about 1 meter) in length.

Passengers hastily unbuckled themselves to get clear of the dangling snake before it dropped to the floor, where people trapped it between rows 5 and 6 with blankets provided by a flight attendant, Medina said.

Aeromexico said it was investigating how the snake wound up on the jet. (AP/AFP)