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Live Snake Discovered Onboard Flight to Bangkok

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On a recent flight with Air Asia, passengers were startled to discover a snake in the aircraft’s overhead compartment. The small reptile, slithering above the cabin lights, caused a stir among the passengers, some of whom moved away from the area, and rightfully so.


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The crew’s swift response, involving an initial attempt to capture the snake with a water bottle and subsequent success using a garbage bag, ensured the safety of all onboard.

What would you do if you spotted a snake on an airplane?

Snakes in Bangkok

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Bangkok, known for its diverse wildlife, has had its fair share of snake encounters, though rarely in such confined and unexpected places like an airplane. The city’s tropical climate and abundant green spaces provide ideal habitats for various snake species, making reptilian encounters a common sight – and often in the most unexpected places.

Safe Snake Handling: An Unexpected Airline Requirement

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The quick thinking and calm demeanor of the flight crew during the snake incident highlight the importance of emergency training in handling wildlife encounters.

While not a standard part of airline safety protocols, this event shows that unexpected situations can arise, necessitating versatile problem-solving skills.

Unusual Stowaways: Wildlife in the Skies

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Instances of wildlife on planes, though rare, are not unheard of. From birds finding their way into cabins to more bizarre cases like otters and rats causing commotion mid-flight, these incidents pose unique challenges to airline safety and protocols.

Can You Tell If a Snake Is Venomous or Not By Its Looks?

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Determining if a snake is venomous without specific identification can be challenging. Generally, venomous snakes often have a triangular head, elliptical pupils, and prominent color patterns. However, these features are not definitive indicators.

Caution is Key

Ball Python (Python regius). Image via Depositphotos.

However, caution is always key, as some non-venomous snakes mimic venomous ones. When in doubt, maintain a safe distance and consult a professional or a regional wildlife guide for accurate identification.

After the Landing: Ensuring No Further Surprises

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Upon landing in Phuket, thorough inspections were conducted to ensure no other unwelcome guests were aboard. This standard procedure, including deep cleaning and fumigation, underscores the airline industry’s commitment to passenger safety and the seriousness with which such incidents are treated.

Literally Like a Scene From a Movie

Scene from Snakes on a Plane (2006). Image by DysgraphicPictures via YouTube

The surreal nature of this incident echoes the plot of the 2006 movie “Snakes on a Plane,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. In the film, venomous snakes create havoc on a passenger plane, a scenario that, until now, seemed purely fictional.

Are Snakes a Problem in Thailand?

King cobra (Ophiophagus hannah)
King cobra – a resident of Thailand. Image via Depositphotos

Snakes in Thailand can pose a risk, especially in rural areas and during the rainy season. While incidents are relatively rare, venomous species like cobras and vipers exist. Prompt medical care and awareness are essential for minimizing dangers and coexisting safely with these reptiles.

How do Tourists Avoid Snakes in Thailand?

burmese python
Burmese python. Image by Diego Madrigal via Pexels

To avoid snakes in Thailand, tourists should stick to well-trodden paths, avoid tall grass and dense vegetation, wear boots and long pants while hiking, and use a flashlight at night. Staying in urban areas and being cautious near water sources also reduce the likelihood of encounters.

How Common are Snake Bites in Thailand?

Close up Venus’ Pit viper snake (Cryptelytrops venustus) from Thailand. Image via Depositphotos

Snake bites in Thailand are relatively uncommon but not rare. The country sees several thousand cases annually, primarily affecting rural agricultural workers. However, the risk for tourists is low if they take basic precautions. Immediate medical attention and awareness are key to managing and preventing serious outcomes from bites.

Wrapping Up

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The unexpected discovery of a snake on a Thai AirAsia flight illustrates how wildlife can sometimes be found in the strangest of places. Although unusual, it underlines how air stewards always need to be ready to handle any sort of situation.

The video was found on YouTube.

YouTube video
“A live snake was disccovered by AirAsia passengers in an overhead bin!” Source: YouTube, Uploaded: 9 News Australia

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