NEWARK, N.J. - Those recorded messages at airports advise passengers to say something if they see something. That's what a girl did Monday night at Newark's Liberty International Airport.
The girl saw a 15-inch black snake with a yellow ring at Terminal C of the airport and notified at Transportation Security Administration official, NJ.com reported.
The TSA official placed a gray checkpoint bin over the snake to prevent it from slithering away, according to News12 New Jersey. Passengers were sent to another line, and Port Authority police removed the snake, the television station reported.
Someone left this snake at a @TSA checkpoint at @EWRairport last night. 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. pic.twitter.com/qpvxRbRRZf— TSAmedia_LisaF (@TSAmedia_LisaF) August 20, 2019
The snake was harmless, TSA officials said. In a news release, TSA officials said the reptile "immediately brought to mind the 2006 action thriller ‘Snakes on a Plane,’ in which an assassin released deadly snakes on the plane, frightening passengers and crew.”
“It’s common for travelers to accidentally leave items at the checkpoint,” TSA’s New Jersey Federal Security Director Tom Carter told NJ.com. “Typically, people leave items such as their keys, sunglasses, ID, hats and gloves, but this is the first time someone has left a snake behind."
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