Snake found on United flight from Florida to New Jersey

A snake was discovered on a United Airlines passenger flight from Tampa Bay in Florida to Newark, New Jersey on Monday, officials said. Airport staff removed the non-venomous snake from the plane after the plane landed in Newark.

United confirmed to CBS News that after passengers were “alert” to the snake’s presence, the crew “called the appropriate authorities to take care of the situation.”

It is not clear when the snake was sighted. When United Flight 2038 landed at Newark Liberty International Airport at 1:15 p.m. local time, workers with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as well as airport wildlife operations staff boarded the plane and removed the snake, The Port Authority told CBS News in a statement. There were no reported injuries.

It was later released into the wild, the port authority said. It was determined to be a garter snake. There was no word on how it would have boarded the plane.

According to the National Park Service, garter snakes are non-venomous and can be anywhere from 20 to 30 inches in length.

Back in February, an AirAsia passenger flight in Malaysia, bound for Tawau from Kuala Lumpur, was forced to divert When a snake was seen in the overhead lights in Kuching.

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