Snake grounds Emirates aircraft at Muscat airport

An Emirates Boeing 777 is seen in Boston. The Dubai-based airline said on Monday that one of its flights from Muscat Oman to Dubai was cancelled over the weekend after a snake was spotted slithering in the cargo hold

Yesterday, an actual snake on a plane led to the cancellation of an Emirates flight from Muscat to Dubai.

A spokesperson for Emirates confirmed that flight EK0863 was canceled due to the snake being found prior to boarding. "We apologize for the inconvenience caused".

The flight was scheduled to leave Muscat at 10.50am and arrive at Dubai at 11.55am but had to be called off after the snake was discovered.

For airline passengers, the movie "Snakes on a Plane" was a horrifying look at what has become a real fear for many.

It is not known whether the snake was venomous or what type of species it was.

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Samuel L. Jackson was honoured with an achievement award in early December at the Dubai Film Festival

Air Emirates didn't specify what type of snake was on board, or whether it was risky.

Also in November 2016, some passengers on a Mexico domestic flight were panicked by the appearance of a metre-long snake which dropped from the overhead compartments.

A passenger used a blanket and magazines to capture the snake before the Aeromexico flight landed in Mexico City.

And in October 2013, another snake was found hidden in a takeaway box on an EasyJet flight from Israel to Luton.

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