“Snake on a Plane”: AirAsia jet forced to divert, netizens say 2006 movie is real

The incident took place last week aboard a flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau (Sabah, Malaysia). The passengers then boarded another flight to continue their journey.

"Snake on a Plane": AirAsia jet forced to divert, netizens say 2006 movie is realThe passengers later boarded another flight to continue their journey. (Photo: Twitter/@StarboyHK)

An AirAsia passenger plane from Kuala Lumpur was forced to divert and make an unscheduled landing after a snake was spotted slithering through the overhead lights, the Malaysian budget carrier confirmed Monday.

In a viral video social media users were quick to link with Samuel L. Jackson cult classic “Snakes on a Plane”, the creature’s silhouette could be seen wriggling in the cabin’s light fittings. The incident, which the airline described as “very rare“, took place last week aboard a flight from the capital Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, on the eastern coast of Borneo island.

"Snake on a Plane": AirAsia jet forced to divert, netizens say 2006 movie is real

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After the captain found out about the snake, he took “appropriate action” and landed in the city of Kuching — 900 kilometres (560 miles) west of Tawau — so the plane could be fumigated, AirAsia said.

“At no time was the safety of guests or crew at any risk,” AirAsia chief safety officer Liong Tien Ling said in a statement.

Social media users joked the incident was all-too-reminiscent of the 2006 action film that featured Jackson as an FBI agent trapped on a jet filled with venomous serpents.

"Snake on a Plane": AirAsia jet forced to divert, netizens say 2006 movie is real

“Snakes on a plane is real!!” one user posted. Another commented on Facebook: “One of my worst nightmares. Too scary for me.”

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