A snake on a plane startled passengers on a flight from Tampa to Newark

(NEXSTAR) – Like a scene from a movie, a snake was found slithering in flight earlier this week.

Passengers on a United Airlines flight from Tampa were startled by a slithering reptile while taxiing onto the runway at Newark International Airport Monday afternoon, a passenger said News 12 New Jersey.

“After the passengers alerted us, our crew called the appropriate authorities to take care of the situation,” a United Airlines spokesperson told Nexstar.

Port Authority of New York and New Jersey officials were called to remove the snake, which was later determined to be a garter snake.

United did not respond to Nexstar’s request for additional information, including how the snake may have found its way into the cabin.

A statement from the Port Authority was not immediately available Tuesday night.

United has “no weight or breed restrictions for pets” flying on its planes, but notes that only cats and dogs may travel in the cabin when space is available.

This isn’t the first time a real-life snake has found its way onto a plane.

2019. Scottish Woman found a python in her shoe after a 9,000 mile flight from Australia. Three years earlier, passengers on a flight to Mexico City were shocked find the snake hanging from the overhead bin.

Pet the snake was left at the TSA checkpoint in Newark Liberty International Airport in 2019. TSA called him later one of the most unusual objects found at the checkpoint that year.

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