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Snakes on a Plane... Almost! TSA finds a Bag full of reptiles in passenger's pants during Airport security check

Real image of reptiles found at Miami airport

Slithering Surprise: TSA Officers Find Bag of Snakes in Passenger's Pants at Miami Airport

In a recent incident at Miami International Airport, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers made a scaly discovery. During a checkpoint screening late last month, they found a bag containing several snakes hidden inside a passenger's pants.

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Photos shared by the TSA show the snakes nestled in what appears to be an Oakley sunglass case. Thankfully, the situation was quickly contained. TSA officers contacted Southeast U.S. Customs and Border Protection along with Miami-Dade police for assistance. The snakes were then transferred to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission for proper handling.

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While the relation of the passenger and the snakes from pants remains unknown, the incident highlights the unexpected items TSA officers encounter during routine security checks.

What are the regulations for transporting snakes on airplanes?

In the United States, transporting live animals through air travel falls under the regulations of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). Generally, snakes are permitted on passenger flights, but specific requirements exist depending on the airline and species. Passengers must always contact the airline in advance to inquire about their pet policies and obtain the necessary permits.

For more information on traveling with pets, you can visit the TSA website ( and the APHIS website (

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