Man ‘Accidentally’ Packs a Poisonous Snake in Carry-On Bag

Nov 15, 2018

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Airport officials at India’s Cochin Airport (COK) caught a man “accidentally” transporting a venomous snake in his carry-on luggage earlier this week.

The snake was detected inside of a sack of potatoes when the suitcase went through the security checkpoint’s X-ray machine, according to local security personnel. The reptile appeared to be a young Indian krait – one of the most venomous snakes in the southwest India region.

The traveler claimed he had purchased the potatoes from a local farmer and had stashed away the purchase for his trip to Abu Dhabi. Although the passenger initially was arrested for smuggling the snake, he later was released when law enforcement determined that the passenger did not appear to have known about his venomous stowaway.

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