A Dubai-bound Emirates flight was cancelled as a serpentine stowaway discovered in the cargo hold.
“Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding,” Khaleej Times quoted the statement of the Emirates spokesperson.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service,” the spokesperson added. “We apologise for the inconvience caused.”
The aircraft re-entered service soon after the reptile was removed.
Emirates is not the only airline to have experienced a case of “snakes on a plane” in recent months.
In November 2016, passengers on an Aeromexico flight between the northern Mexican city of Torreon and Mexico City were shocked to find a large green snake slithering out from behind an overhead luggage compartment while in flight.
The serpent was eventually trapped by passengers using blankets provided by cabin crew.
Story first published: 9th January 2017