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There Was Literally A Snake Loose On This Plane

"The pilot came, and said, 'Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don't know where it is.'"

Last Sunday, a snake boarded a flight in Anchorage, Alaska, with his owner. When the pair arrived in Aniak, the owner got off the plane. The snake, however, did not.

Amazingly, the owner didn't realize he'd left his pet snake behind until the plane was on its way back to Anchorage. He alerted the airline officials, who, in turn, alerted the flight staff on the plane.

"The pilot came, and said, 'Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don't know where it is,"' Anna McConnaughy, a passenger on that Ravn Alaska flight, told the Associated Press.

A search commenced. No one panicked, according to McConnaughy.

Meanwhile, the snake - thought to be an albino ball python - seemed unaware that anyone was looking for him. He was sleeping beneath a passenger's yellow duffel bag.

A little boy climbed onto his seat and spotted the snake, according to McConnaughy.

"He said, 'Oh, Mom, look at this. What's that?"' McConnaughy said.

A flight attendant knew what to do.

"The flight attendant ... handled the snake with the utmost care and stored the snake in the safest container available at the time," a spokesperson for Ravn Alaska Airlines told The Dodo in an emailed statement. "Additionally, the flight attendant was familiar with best practices associated with snake handling."

At the time, the flight staff considered a garbage bag to be the safest container, but the snake didn't need to stay in there long - they landed in less than an hour.

A snake who had been loose on an Alaskan airplane
Ravn Alaska

Once in Anchorage, the flight staff transferred the snake into an approved animal carrier and flew him back to Aniak to be reunited with his owner, a spokesperson for Ravn Alaska Airlines told The Dodo.

The snake's owner was unable to be reached for comment.

While this snake wasn't officially registered to travel on this flight, some airlines do allow you to travel with snakes. If you are interested in flying with your favorite reptile, check the rules of the airline you'd like to fly with. And most importantly: When you get get off the plane, make sure you take your snake with you.