Python found in checked baggage at Miami airport

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Federal officials stopped a snake from getting on a plane.

The python was discovered hidden inside a computer hard drive in checked baggage, which was set to go on a Miami plane bound for Barbados, according to the Transportation Security Administration.

 

Security officers were screening the luggage at Miami International Airport on Sunday, when they noticed an “organic mass” inside the baggage, said TSA spokeswoman Sari Koshetz.

“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,” she said.

A TSA bomb expert was called into the screening room to determine if there were any explosives. That’s when the snake — a Ball or Royal Python — was discovered coiled up inside what appeared to be a brown nylon sack that was tied in a knot. The bag was inside the hollowed out metal computer drive cabinet.

The snake was “obviously not an imminent terrorist threat to the traveling public,” Koshetz said. Still, the snake was turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services officers.

The passenger the baggage belonged to was fined. His name was not released. Neither he nor snake made the flight.

This is not the first time someone has tried to sneak a snake onto a flight. Several years ago, TSA officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport stopped a woman at a checkpoint who hid a snake inside her brassiere, Koshetz said.

“Animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires with fatal results,” she said.

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