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MIAMI – A man tried to bring a python onto a plane in Miami by hiding it inside a hard drive, according to a news report.
The incident happened on Sunday at the Miami International Airport.
The man and the snake were not allowed into the flight headed to Barbados. The name of the airline and the man were not revealed.
Authorities said the snake was found inside a piece of checked luggage when a security officer noticed something wrong, the Miami Herald reported.
Sari Koshetz, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said that a bomb expert then examined the bag and found the python “artfully concealed” in the hard drive.
The big snake was still alive when it was found.
“This organic mass was not explosive,” Koshetz wrote in a Twitter post, “but it shows you can’t hide any threat from us”.
She said, however, that the animals could pose a threat on a plane as they have been known to “chew through wires with fatal results”.
The snake was taken into custody by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the man was fined. GAD/Expat Media
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