The 2006 film Snakes on a Plane is considered a cult classic — mainly because of the absurdity of its production — but snakes on a plane aren’t always a laughing matter as passengers on a recent Qantas flight found out.
According to Time, the Sunday night flight from Sydney to Australia was cancelled after a nonvenomous, Mandarin rat snake “was discovered in the doorway of the Boeing 747.”
It’s good to see the airline taking an abundance of caution, until you realize that all 370 passengers were unable to catch another flight until 10am the next morning.
The Guardian reported that the snake was a mere 20 centimeters long. And for that, everyone on board was put up in a Sydney hotel for the night.
Seriously? Just toss the thing back onto the tarmac, secure the door and let’s get going. Are we really going to let one mediocre Samuel L. Jackson movie set back air travel?
What we really needed was a horror film called Not Enough Red Wine on a Plane. That’s what airlines should be looking out for.