At this point, there have surely been more “Snakes on a Plane” jokes made on the Internet than there were actual ticket sales to the 2006 film. Even if we weren’t able to make that joke, it’s probably still newsworthy that a snake as narrow as a ballpoint pen has the power to ground an international flight and all of its passengers. [More]
Movies coming to life is only fun if say, a mysterious, handsome French man sweeps you off your feet and buys you a yacht filled with cheese, but not when actual snakes show up on a plane you’re flying. An Australian man piloting a solo cargo flight was caught in just such a story coming to life recently, and unfortunately for him, Samuel L. Jackson was nowhere to be found to battle the critters.
It’s been leading up to this all summer… First, there was the idiot caught with 18 monkeys under his shirt at an airport in Mexico. Then, animal smuggling got cute and cuddly when a woman in Thailand was snagged hiding a tiger cub in her suitcase. And now internet meme has become reality as one of the world’s most wanted wildlife smugglers gets arrested in Malaysia with nearly 100 endangered snakes in his luggage.