On Sunday, a flight headed from Aniak to Anchorage, Alaska, had an unwelcome stowaway on board, a snake that was estimated to be about five feet long. A passenger on board Ravn Alaska flight 7133, Anna McConnaughy, heard an announcement over the plane’s intercom about the snake. Apparently, a passenger on board a previous flight had lost their pet snake and it was left inside the plane. McConnaughy happened to see the snake and took pictures of it that have been included in newspapers and other media sources in the United States and around the world.
McConnaughy said the pilot came on the intercom and said a snake was loose on the plane and they did not know where it was. The snake was not officially identified, but according to the Daily Mail, the snake appeared to be “an albino ball python.”
There were only seven people on the 90-minute flight headed from the Alaska village of Aniak to Anchorage on Sunday. A young boy spotted the snake. It was lying at the back of the aircraft, and was partially covered by a duffel bag. A flight attendant caught the snake and put it in a trash bag before stowing the reptile in a storage bin for the rest of the flight.
McConnaughy said nobody on the flight panicked. She stated that most of the people just “wanted to see the snake.” The flight arrived in Anchorage, Alaska on time.
William Walsh, a spokesperson for the airline, said the owner of the snake had not registered the pet for travel in the aircraft’s cabin. When the snake’s owner arrived in Aniak, he told airline personnel that his snake had gotten loose and was missing. He went on to say his pet was likely on the return flight to Anchorage.
Walsh said he was happy the snake’s owner had given the airline a heads-up, informing them about his missing snake and that it could possibly still be on the plane. Walsh said the airline has special requirements for transporting reptiles.
Walsh went on to say that Ravn Alaska prohibits all snakes, rodents, reptiles, insects, ferrets, or any type of venomous or poisonous creature from being used as an emotional support animal. Walsh did not specify what type of snake. It is unclear whether the passenger could face charges.
By John Samuels
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