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Calling Samuel L. Jackson: AirAsia pilot reroutes flight after passenger finds snake on plane

  • An AirAsia flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau was rerouted to Kuching, Sarawak, on Thursday after passengers found a snake slithering behind the overhead lighting fixture.
  • “The captain took the appropriate action and the flight safely departed for Tawau as soon as possible," Captain Liong Tien Ling, AirAsia's chief safety officer, said in a statement. “The safety and well-being of our guests and crew is always our top priority. At no time was the safety of guests or crew at any risk."
  • The airline fumigated the plane upon landing in Kuching before safely delivering passengers to Tawau.
  • The Thursday incident was likened to the 2006 movie “Snakes on a Plane” starring Samuel L. Jackson.

An AirAsia pilot was forced to reroute an airborne plane after one of the passengers found a snake on board slithering behind a lighting fixture.

The AirAsia flight was reportedly on the way to Kuala Lumpur from Tawau on Thursday when the pilot was informed of the unwanted stowaway, CNN reported.