Real-life Snakes on a Plane! Boa constrictor discovered in luggage by security

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Airport security were left stunned when a four-foot snake was discovered in a passenger's carry-on bag.

The slippery customer was discovered by Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) officers working the X-ray machine at security at Tampa International Airport in Florida.

The incident was shared by TSA on Instagram, writing: "There's a danger noodle in that bag...Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn't find this hyssssssterical!"

The agency said the incident occurred on 15 December, with an X-ray of the woman's hand luggage clearly showing a 1.2-metre boa constrictor curled into a figure-of-eight shape in the bag.

The woman reportedly told officers the snake's name was Bartholemew and insisted he had to travel with her on her flight as an "emotional support animal".

Continuing with its slew of puns, the TSA social media team continued: "We really have no adder-ation for discovering any pet going through an x-ray machine. Do you have asp-irations of taking a snake on a plane? Don't get upsetti spaghetti by not understanding your airline's rules."

The team clarified that no US airlines allow snakes in hand luggage, with just a few permitting them to be transported in checked bags, as long as they are declared and packaged appropriately. Tampa officials said that Bartholemew was released unharmed and returned to the owner's home.