Monday, November 12, 2018

Venomous snake found in flyer's handbag

New Delhi: Snake on a plane could have become a frightening reality on an international flight out of India had an alert security personnel not spotted the poisonous reptile while screening the handbag of a passenger. This startling find was made by a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) screener at Cochin airport on Sunday while x-raying the bag of an Abu Dhabi-bound passenger who was then handed over to the police.

“Sub inspector P K Mourya was watching over the screen where contents of handbags being x-rayed were being shown. At about 4 pm he detected some suspicious item which seemed like a snake in the hand baggage of a passenger flying to Abu Dhabi on Air India express flight 419,” said a senior CISF official.

Mourya asked for a physical check of the bag. “Constable Hirdesh Kumar carefully checked the bag and found a live young one of a snake inside the bag which looked like Indian Krait / Blue Krait, which is among the four most venomous snakes found in India. Snakes, reptiles and wildlife are prohibited in flight and carriage of such reptiles is also dangerous for civil aviation security with even the young ones being venomous, the passenger was not allowed to proceed for his 4.55 pm flight and handed over to local police,” said the official. The passenger is a 40-year-old resident of Kattakalam in Palakkad of Kerala.
12/11/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India