- 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.
Carcasses of massive snakes have been discovered as local residents fight raging forest fires in Indonesia.
Forest fires have been ravaging certain areas in Indonesia since July, according to The Washington Post.