Stowaway snake found under plane seat
Mexican serpent is named Furtivo after being found by Glasgow airport staff under seats of flight from Cancún
The Guardian, Friday 26 October 2012 14.49 EDT
Furtivo, the Mexican snake found on a plane at Glasgow airport
Furtivo, the Mexican snake found on a plane at Glasgow airport. Photograph: Scottish SPCA/PA
Scottish airport staff got a surprise when they stumbled on a Mexican serpent stowaway under a seat.
The Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals says quick-thinking workers at Glasgow airport remained “remarkably calm” when they discovered the 18-inch (45-centimetre) snake on Tuesday under seats in the passenger cabin of a flight from Cancún.
The society says the young snake was taken to its Glasgow animal centre, and named Furtivo, Spanish for “sneak”.
Furtivo, a member of the Dryadophis family of snakes, is apparently not venomous but “feisty”.
The snake may have sneaked on to the plane before takeoff, or hitched a ride in a passenger’s hand luggage.
The society says Furtivo will remain in its care until an expert home can be found.
We always check 3-6 in our luggage. When I tell the ag inspectors that I have pineapples in my luggage and ask if they want to see them, they always say don’t bother. The pineapples have always made the trip back fine.
Easy to buy the Maui Golds at Costco – usually around $3 each. Just remember the extra weight in your luggage – one of our suitcases with the pineapples weighed in at 55 pounds. When I told the agent the pineapples put us over, she just laughed and put an overweight sticker on the bag. No extra fees.
May be a pain – but I don’t know anyone who doesn’t appreciate a pineapple brought back from Hawaii!