A passenger transporting his pet snake on a commuter flight left his companion behind on the plane. The animal was found a few hours later, during a different flight.
A Ravn Alaska flight from Aniak to Anchorage was interrupted on Sunday when the pilot came on the loudspeaker and said: “Guys, we have some loose snake on the plane, but we don’t know where it is,” a passenger told the Associated Press.
There were only seven passengers aboard the commuter flight, but they began looking for the snake, which was not venomous.
A young boy was the first to spot the snake, half-curled up beneath a duffel bag in the rear of the plane. A flight attendant grabbed the snake and put it in a trash bag. She then stored the bag in an overhead storage compartment and the rest of the 90-minute flight was completed without further incident.
The snake was between four and five feet in length, although very docile. Passengers reported that the snake seemed only to want to go back to sleep.
According to a spokesperson for Ravn Alaska airlines, the snake owner did not register the animal to fly in the cabin. After arriving in Aniak, the passenger told the airline that he was missing his snake and that it was likely still on the plane, returning to Anchorage.
Although there’s no word whether or not the snake was reunited with its owner, the spokesperson said: “For the purpose of preserving cabin safety for the greater traveling public, Ravn Alaska prohibits all rodents, ferrets, reptiles, snakes, insects or any type of venomous or poisonous creature from being used as an emotional support animal.”