A snake curled up inside an Aeromexico plane gave passengers a scare on Nov. 6 during a flight from Torreon to Mexico City (video below).
El Debate, a Mexican newspaper, reported that flight attendants notified the pilot who decided to make an emergency landing, notes the Houston Chronicle.
Indalecio Medina, a passenger and professor at a university in Coahuila, Mexico, filmed the reptile, possibly a venomous green viper, as it slithered near a luggage compartment and suddenly dropped down on some seats like a scene from the 2006 movie "Snakes on a Plane."
Medina posted his video on Twitter and wrote in Spanish: "The flying snake. A unique experience on a flight from Torreon, Mexico, flight 231 of Aeromexico. That being so ... priority landing."
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"I was reading a magazine and the passenger next to me saw it and, 'Oh my word!'" Medina told The Associated Press.
Medina said the snake appeared to be more than more than 3 feet long, and his fellow passengers quickly moved when the snake dropped down onto the floor.
According to Medina, some passengers were able to capture the reptile with some blankets that a quick-thinking flight attendant gave them.
"It was a frightening situation ... but people remained calm because it didn’t get out of that space and nobody became hysterical," Medina stated. "Some people got up to see what kind of reptile it was, but nobody got carried away."
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Medina said that after the plane landed, Mexico City's animal control personnel took the "unexpected traveler" into custody.
"Due to the presence of the animal and following security protocols, the flight was given priority to land" at Mexico City International Airport an Aeromexico statement said, notes ABC News.
"The procedures carried out for this flight are currently being evaluated to determine how the animal entered the cabin and measures have been taken to avoid such incidents in the future," Aeromexico added. "For Aeromexico, the security of its passengers and crew is of the highest priority and it always works to meet the highest quality standards."