Passengers on an AirAsia flight have had their journey rerouted after spotting an uninvited passenger on the plane.
In a video shared to TikTok by user @edal8808, what appears to be a long snake can be seen slithering through an overhead light. In the caption, the user wrote that the flight, which was heading from the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, was to make an emergency landing in Kuching instead, according to a translation of the text.
AirAsia did not immediately respond to a request for comment from NPR. However, the airline’s security officer, Liong Tien Ling, confirmed the incident in a statement to CNN Türk.
“AirAsia is aware of the incident which occurred on the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Tawau on Thursday. As soon as the captain was notified, the aircraft was diverted to Kuching for disinfection,” it said. -he declares.
He went on to say that neither passengers nor guests were in danger, according to the outlet.
Passengers were able to continue their journey to Tawau on the same day, reports the multinational news network CNA.
Still, travelers with upcoming flights needn’t worry about their vacation turning into a real-life version of Snakes on a plane. In a statement obtained by CNA, Ling noted that what happened on Thursday is not a common occurrence.
“This is a very rare incident that can happen from time to time on any aircraft,” he explained.
The video has been viewed more than 2 million times since it was posted on Thursday, and footage of the unexpected discovery has since spread to other social media platforms like Twitter. However, it’s unclear whether the TikTok user who originally shared the video was the one who recorded it and he did not respond to a request for comment from NPR.
This is not the first time snakes have been found on passenger flights. In 2019, a woman traveling home to Scotland from Australia had a nasty surprise when she went to unpack and found a snake curled up in her luggage. There was even one occasion when a pilot had to make an emergency landing after finding a snake in the cockpit.