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Snake on a Plane Grounds Qantas Flight
« on: September 23, 2013, 10:35:20 PM »
SYDNEY (AFP) - A tiny snake as slender as a pen forced the grounding of a Japan-bound Qantas flight in the Australian city of Sydney overnight, stranding hundreds of passengers.

The non-venomous reptile, about eight inches (20 centimetres) long, was found near the doorway of a Boeing 747-400 bound for Tokyo on Sunday night, a Qantas spokeswoman told AFP.

"The snake was taken to quarantine to determine where it came from," she said.

The plane had been on the tarmac in Sydney for most of Sunday after completing a flight from Singapore, and the snake was found by air crew before any passengers boarded.

It was uncertain where the reptile had come from but the Department of Agriculture has identified it as a Mandarin ratsnake which is mainly found in Asia.

All 370 passengers were booked into hotels overnight and a replacement flight left Sydney on Monday morning.

It was the second snake incident for Qantas this year. A three-metre (nine foot) python hitched a ride from the tropical Australian city of Cairns to Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby in January.

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Re: Snake on a Plane Grounds Qantas Flight
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2013, 07:27:22 AM »
Aw, gee.  I thought the snake might be John Kerry. :silly:
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Re: Snake on a Plane Grounds Qantas Flight
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2013, 09:11:52 AM »
Aw, gee.  I thought the snake might be John Kerry. :silly:

You've mistaken a toad for a snake, a perfectly understandable mistake, since both are coldblooded. But I believe only the toads [and frogs] carry their own botox.  :whistle:
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Re: Snake on a Plane Grounds Qantas Flight
« Reply #3 on: September 29, 2013, 12:13:55 PM »
Oh, thanks for the correction. :seeya:
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Public virtue cannot exist in a nation without private, and public virtue is the only foundation of republics. There must be a positive passion for the public good, the public interest, honour, power and glory, established in the minds of the people, or there can be no republican government, nor any real liberty: and this public passion must be superior to all private passions. John Adams


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