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Passenger was caught at Miami airport with a bag full of snakes hidden in his pants

A passenger traveling from Miami International Airport in Florida was stopped by security after he was found with a bag of snakes hidden in his pants.

Alarms alerted security forces to an “anomaly” in the man's person and he was taken in for a pat-down on Friday, April 26, during which he admitted to hiding the reptiles.

Images posted online by the Transportation Security Administration showed the two small pink snakes removed from a camouflage-colored bag. Police, Customs and Border Protection were called and the animals were safely released to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The post spawned several risqué jokes from social media users, as well as a number of references to the 2006 film Snakes on a planewith Samuel L. Jackson.

A TSA spokesman said The Independent that the passenger was attempting to take an international flight but “basically admitted there were snakes in his pants” when the alarm sounded.

Two small pink snakes were recovered from a camouflage bag hidden in passengers' pants at Miami International Airport and turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (@TSA_Gulf/)

Airport security uses Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) to detect irregularities.

“It showed there was an abnormality in the groin area and flagged it for a pat down. “When the passenger came through they said they needed to pat him down and that's when he admitted there were snakes in his pants.” said the speaker The Independent.

“At that point, they contacted law enforcement from there, so I believe he knew he was caught when the technology flagged him for a search and he admitted it.”

The man was subsequently banned from boarding his flight, the spokesman said, adding that such incidents were not “on the agenda”.

However, in January 2023, TSA agents in Tampa, Florida, found a 4-foot boa constrictor hidden in a passenger's bag that they claimed was an “emotional support animal.”

At that time, the agency published a pun-filled post on Instagram that showed the “danger noodle” running through the airport’s X-ray machine.

“Our officials at Tampa International Airport didn’t think this was hysterical! There was a 4-foot-long boa constrictor in one passenger's carry-on luggage! We really have no reason to detect a pet going through an X-ray machine,” the TSA wrote.

It is understood the boa constrictor was also turned over to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

The Independent the agency has asked for comment on the condition of the snakes discovered in Miami on Friday.

Anna Harden

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