Man Caught Flying From Israel to London With Snake in Carry-on

Israel Airport Authority and airline trade blame after serpent slips through security.

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A passenger flying from Ben Gurion Airport to London was caught carrying a snake in his handbag, leading Israel's Airport Authority and EasyJet, the carrier he was flying with, to trade blame.

"The passenger boarded a plane flying from Tel Aviv to London's Luton airport with a box containing a small nonvenomous snake," EasyJet confirmed. "Upon learning this fact, the flight crew proceeded to contact the relevant London authorities, in line with aviation regulations. [] The snake was kept in a closed box for the duration of the flight, and at no point were the passengers exposed to any danger whatsoever. EasyJet contacted the airport in Israel in an attempt to ascertain how the snake's presence went undetected during security checks. Our passengers' security is at the top of our priorities."

The IAA, for its part, countered that "the responsibility for flying animals lies with the airlines. Airport security checks are meant to discover banned materials such as explosives and weaponry."

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