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TSA agents found four-foot-long boa constrictor rolled up in carry-on luggage at Tampa Airport

TSA agents found four-foot-long boa constrictor curled up in carry-on luggage at Tampa Airport — as passenger claims it’s her “emotional support” pet

  • A four-foot-long boa was found in a woman’s carry-on bag at the Tampa airport
  • She told TSA employees she got the snake because it was an “emotionally supportive pet.”
  • Agents notified the airline who said the snake would not be allowed in the cabin

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TSA agents in Florida found a four-foot-long boa constrictor in a woman’s carry-on bag after her suitcase was run through an X-ray machine.

In her defense, the woman told officers at Tampa International Airport that the snake was “an emotional support pet,” a TSA spokesman said.

The TSA released X-rays of the snake on Friday, which showed it curled up in the corner of a tray next to more ordinary items such as sneakers, a belt and a laptop.

It says it notified the airline, who confirmed it would not allow the snake into the aircraft’s cabin. The TSA said snakes should never travel in carry-on luggage and only some airlines allow them to be checked.

TSA agents in Florida found a four-foot-long boa constrictor in a woman’s carry-on bag after her suitcase was run through an X-ray machine

The woman and her snake, named Bartholomew, traveled from the Tampa airport on Dec. 15, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein told CNN Travel.

Farbstein tweeted: “The woman claimed the snake was her emotional support animal. TSA notified the airline, which ruled that there would be no snake on their plane!’

This isn’t the first time a Florida snake has attempted to breach airport security.

Just a few months earlier, a flight from Tampa International took off with a garter snake in the cabin.

United Airlines Flight 2038 had just arrived in Newark after a two-hour flight from Florida when the reptile was spotted on the plane as passengers prepared to disembark.

After the incident, United said in a statement that it has “no weight or breed restrictions on pets” flying on his plane only cats and dogs are allowed.

The woman told TSA employees she brought the snake as an “emotional support pet”

TSA employees contacted the woman’s airline, which confirmed that the boa (stock) would not be allowed in the cabin

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the woman was traveling on Dec. 15 last month

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the woman was traveling on Dec. 15 last month

TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said the woman was traveling on Dec. 15 last month

On another occasion in 2018, TSA employees in Miami found a ball python tied in a nylon stocking and hidden in a hard drive by a woman traveling to Barbados.

Screeners operating the X-ray machine discovered an “organic mass” in the electronic device, which turned out to be the snake.

That says a TSA spokesperson a bomb expert examined the bag and discovered the animal.

“While this mass in the electronic device clearly posed no immediate terrorist threat to the traveling public, the kind we’re always on the alert for, the interception prevented a potential threat from wildlife on an airplane,” she said.

The passenger was fined and the snake was taken into custody by US Fish and Wildlife Services. Neither woman nor snake fled.

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