A woman traveling from Tampa tried to slip her boa constrictor past the TSA inside her carry-on bag. When confronted, she called the reptile her emotional support snake.
Lady Stuffs Her Emotional Support Snake In Carry-On Bag, Tries To Fly From Tampa, Florida
While passing through the security checkpoint at Tampa International Airport (TPA), Transpiration Security Administration (TSA) officials noticed something peculiar inside a carry-on bag. It appeared to be a four-foot snake, but could it really be?
Yes indeed. When confronted, the woman admitted that “Barthomolew” was her “emotional support pet.”
The snake was not permitted to fly.
Snake on a plane? This is a @TSA X-ray of Bartholomew, a boa constrictor who was in a traveler’s carry-on bag at @FlyTPA last month. Woman claimed the snake was her emotional support pet. TSA notified the airline, which ruled that there was not going to be a snake on their plane! pic.twitter.com/kSg6YeRluU
— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) January 6, 2023
Of course, the TSA could not avoid sharing about the incident in Instagram on a post laced with cheesy dad puns:
There’s a danger noodle in that bag…
Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn’t find this hyssssssterical! Coiled up in a passenger’s carry-on was a 4’ boa constrictor! We really have no adder-ation for discovering any pet going through an x-ray machine.
Do you have asp-irations of taking a snake on a plane? Don’t get upsetti spaghetti by not understanding your airline’s rules. For instance, airlines don’t allow nope ropes in carry-on bags and only a few allow them to slither around in checked bags, if packaged correctly.
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In this case, I will simply say thank you to the TSA for catching this snake before it boarded the flight. And to the woman: shame on you. If I were in charge, we’d be serving 蛇羹 tonight.