NEWARK, New Jersey - People usually leave keys, sunglasses, IDs and hats at airport security checkpoints but a snake? Yes, it really happened.
Transportation Security Administration posted a photo on Instagram of a 15-inch ring-necked snake that was left behind Monday at Newark Liberty International Airport.
"We have had it with these #%!&@$ snakes in this %@$&#! checkpoint! You don’t want to be in a 200-foot aluminum tube while you’re 30,000 feet in the air when this guy slithers out," part of TSA's caption reads.
TSA is known for having a robust sense of humor across the company's social media channels.
A TSA officer was able to cover the snake with a gray checkpoint bin until Port Authority Police arrived to take the reptile.
Lisa Farbstein, a spokesperson with TSA Public Affairs, said, "TSA has a good lost and found program to reunite travelers with items they've left at checkpoints, but if that was your snake, don't bother calling to retrieve it."
Apparently TSA's security procedures don't prohibit passengers from bringing snakes on planes, according to the Instagram post.
But they do recommend contacting your airline to learn its policies before attempting to travel with a pet.
As to whom the serpent belongs, we may never know.
Enough is enough! We have had it with these #%!&@$ snakes in this %@$&#! checkpoint! You don’t want to be in a 200-foot aluminum tube while you’re 30,000 feet in the air when this guy slithers out. Lucky for you, this harmless 15-inch ring-necked snake was left behind at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thankfully a TSA officer put a barrier between them and the snake by placing a grey checkpoint bin over the snake before Port Authority Police was called to take it away. Our security procedures don't prohibit passengers from bringing snakes on flights. However, you should contact your airline to determine their policy on traveling with pets. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ For this and other questions, message our AskTSA team on Facebook and Twitter, available weekdays 8am-10pm ET and 9am-7pm ET on weekends and holidays. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #SnakesNotOnAPlane #SnakesofInstagram #Snakes #WereHisssterical #ILoveTSA #TSAIG #FrequentFlyers #Airportvibes #Airportdiaries #Airport #jetsetter #security
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