Saturday, September 22, 2018
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A passenger tried to sneak a python on board a plane in Miami

Transportation Security Administration agents at the Miami International Airport found a slithery surprise in a checked bag on Sunday.

According to the TSA, agents found a python in checked luggage for a passenger flying to Barbados.

It was tied up in a stocking and placed inside a computer, according to the Miami Herald.

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"The snake, that didn’t get on a plane thanks to our officers’ diligent screening, had been artfully concealed inside the electronics of a hard drive and placed in a checked bag headed for a flight to Barbados," TSA spokeswoman, Sari Koshetz, told the Herald.

Upon seeing the "organic mass" in the luggage, a TSA agent called for a bomb squad expert to further investigate and identify the hidden python.

The passenger and his scaly stowaway were held at the airport while U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials responded and took possession of the python.

The passenger was fined, according to the Herald.

"While this mass inside the electronic device was obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public, the interception did prevent a possible wildlife threat on an aircraft," Koshetz told the Herald. "Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results."

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