Snake on a plane; moose in a rental car lot


I can barely stand to look at this photo or the video in the Tweet below, let alone imagine being on a plane where a giant snake – possibly a venomous green viper 5 feet long – drops down from the overhead bins into the seats below, but this actually happened on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City on Sunday.

According to UPI, the plane was given priority landing clearance in Mexico City and animal control officers came on board to remove the serpent.

In other news… the Connecticut State Police reported that on Monday they were called in to help redirect a moose that somehow got stuck in the Enterprise Rent-A-Car parking lot at Bradley International Airport.


“File this under ‘things they don’t tell you about in the academy'” says the Connecticut State Police Facebook post about the incident.

Wild animals at airports

I’ve been collecting photos to go with a slideshow that will go alongside an article about airports and national parks  and wild animals keep popping up.

This one was snapped just outside the terminal doors at Yellowstone Airport (WYS) in West Yellowstone, Montana, by airport manager Jeff Kadlec one night as he was trying to leave work.

Yellowstone Bison

And this one of a moose outside the baggage claim doors at Jackson Hole Airport (JAC) in Jackson, Wyoming was taken by airport employee Philip Bollman.

Baggage Moose_Bozeman

The full story about airports near National Parks – and the slideshow that also includes Mountain Cougar and goats in airports – will be my next At the Airport column on USA TODAY.  I’ll let you know when it posts.