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Agency Report

An Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai was reported to have been cancelled after baggage handlers were said to have discovered a snake in the aircraft’s cargo hold.

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According to the airline’s statement, the animal was found before Sunday’s flight from Oman. The statement further said the aircraft was returned to service after being thoroughly searched.

Local media quoted an Emirates spokesperson as saying that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled “due to the detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding.”

The spokesperson said Emirates apologises to the passengers for the inconvenience caused.

The aircraft re-entered service after the snake was removed, the airline said.

Wild animals do appear on passenger planes from time to time, sometimes even in the cabins.

In May last year, two tarantulas that probably escaped from a passenger’s luggage were said to have caused panic on an Air Transat flight from Punta Cana, in the Caribbean island of the Dominican Republic, to Montreal, Canada, the UK’s Guardian reported.