A real snake on a plane forces an emergency landing near the Red Sea, but this wasn’t so ordinary reptile; this was an Egyptian cobra smuggled on by a reptile shop owner from his carry on.
There were ninety passengers aboard the Egypt Air Flight from Cairo to Kuwait as the reptile escaped, placing passengers in harm’s way, just like the “Snakes on a Plane” movie as it unfolded in a real-life event.
The 48-year-old passenger, who owns a reptile shop in Kuwait, hid the cobra in a carry-on bag. The passenger was trying to control the snake after it bit his hand and started slithering under the seats.
The Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm reported that the man refused medical treatment, claiming his wound was only superficial. The plane resumed its flight to Kuwait after local authorities confiscated the snake.
Doctors told the passenger he should spend 24 hours in a hospital for observation, but the man refused, the Egyptian Air official said, according to The Jordan Times.
Egyptian cobras are commonly found across North Africa.
According to wildlife experts, the cobra’s venom is so deadly it can kill a full-grown elephant in three hours or a person in about 15 minutes. The venom destroys nerve tissue and causes paralysis and death because of respiratory failure.
Legend has it that in ancient times, the Egyptian queen Cleopatra used a cobra — also known as an asp — to commit suicide.