Snakes on a Plane!

A Qantas airliner was grounded after four snakes went missing from the cargo hold on a passenger flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne, according to officials. Twelve baby pythons were packed on the Boeing 737-800 in the outback town on Tuesday, but when it arrived in Australia's second biggest city there were only eight, Qantas said in a statement.<br /> (AFP/File/David Hancock) You’re in a 200-foot aluminum tube and you’re 30,000 feet in the air. Action:

Four baby pythons escaped from a container aboard a passenger plane in Australia, leading to a search that forced the cancellation of two flights, the airline said Thursday. Twelve non-venemous Stimson pythons were being transported Tuesday on a flight from Alice Springs to Melbourne in the plane’s cargo area in a bag inside a plastic foam box with air holes.

When the flight landed, it was discovered that four snakes had escaped from the package, a Qantas spokeswoman said in a statement.

A reptile expert searched for the 6-inch (15-centimeter) -long snakes but did not find them. It was not known if the snakes were still on the plane or if they had somehow escaped outside after the plane landed.

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  1. Boyd says:

    As I understand it, the airline ended up fumigating the plane…twice…so if the little guys didn’t make it off the aircraft beforehand, they’re goners now.

  2. Michael says:

    Hey, this gives me an idea of how to thwart piracy!

  3. G.A.Phillips says:

    Baby pythons are kool!

  4. Bithead says:

    Q:What smells really bad if you’re traveling?

    A; Sneaks on a plane.