I was watching the TV news this afternoon and on the ABC was a report of a snake on a plane in northern Australia.
The pilot was making a scheduled flight and a snake popped its head up near the windscreen. Eeeek! He called it in and turned back.
On the return trip it poked its head up a few more times, and then on landing it slithered across his leg. At the time of the report they had been unable to find the little critter so the plane was grounded until they were sure it was gone.
I found the best part of the website report was that they had heard of a crocodile loose on a plane but not a snake. Really? I can see how a snake would get its way onto a plane to pop out at an inopportune time, but surely the croc was heavily sedated and tied tightly before it even boarded!!
Click on this link to see a very calm pilot, when I would still be shaking! Snake on a plane grounds Top End flight – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)