TSA: No Snakes On This Plane

MIAMI (CBSMiami.com) – Miami International Airport has led the way in the latest technology for airport security. One airport passenger learned this the hard way when he was trying to sneak seven exotic snakes onto a plane…in his pants.

The incident happened on August 25th when security was screening passengers with a millimeter wave advanced imaging technology machine. It was there when TSA officials noticed a little bit extra in the passenger’s pants.

snakesturtles TSA: No Snakes On This Plane

TSA screeners found several snakes and turtles wrapped in women's hosiery at Miami International Airport (Source: TSA Blog)

When taken for further screening, TSA officials discovered seven exotic snakes and three tortoises held in nylon bags that were concealed inside the man’s pants.

The man was arrested and charged with violating the Lacey Act, which deals with imports of exotic animals. He faces a maximum of five years in jail.

“While snakes and tortoises may not pose a threat to aviation, non-metallic weapons and explosive concealed beneath clothing remain a concern for security personnel and this discovery demonstrates again the effectiveness of advanced imaging technology,” TSA spokesman Jon Allen wrote in a statement.

  • ancientemplar

    Where’s the rest of the article? Where was the passenger from and where was it going?

    • Klaus

      What U.S. government agency did the passenger work for?

  • Alvar

    Get over yourself! I fly every week…do you? I doubt it! And no TSA Agent has ever touched my Junk! Most are great people, just doing their job…

    • Martha

      Spoken like a true TSA Agent.

    • Klaus

      Alvar, when was the last time you were checked for cancer from the body scanners?

    • Klaus

      When was the last time you were checked for cancer from the body scanners?

    • Norbert T Bodenroder

      Hey, I don’t mind showing TSA my ID to board a plane. It’s the prostate exam and hand job I object to.

    • Ben Franklin

      No, you get over yourself, shill.

      What are you going to say when everyone flying gets the grope? That its not that bad, or you really kind of enjoyed it?

  • Nowswimback

    Another ‘guess the race’ article.

    • David Dean O'Keefe

      Other than venom extraction and research why is private ownership of poisonous snakes allowed? Somebody lost a cobra in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, if they lost two I’d be moving out, they breed like….rabbits Remember the box of deadly snakes found beside the highway in Little Rock? Miami Mete rreader bitten by a green Mamba, only lucky he went to Jackson Memorial and somebody recognized the bite…

      • Jennifer Hart

        “Exotic” does not equal venomous. In the photo it appears that these are pythons/restrictors, which are non-venomous.

  • Evan

    TSA Groping finally pays off…
    TSA: Is that a snake in your pants or are you just happy to see me? …LOL

  • That Guy

    Hey, I take the grope every time. That’d cost you a hundred bucks in Vegas.

  • Read 1984 Again

    I’m re-reading the book 1984 and it is eerie how much of the book mirrors what is happening with the TSA.

    It’s genuinely frightening to see a free society being turned upside down with propaganda that it’s for our own good.

    • Frank F. Frank

      You are absolutely correct!

  • cabrerski

    I am waiting for Napolitano’s comments saying the system worked and they stopped dangerous snakes of mass destruction.

  • echo 1

    That guy had one heck of a night. I want to party with this dude.

  • Mitch Pawl

    And the TSA agent just thought that he was happy to see him.

  • R Falls

    Now this is what the TSA should be doing. I good story and too many bad ones.

    • DonM

      No, it isn’t. They sold the TSA on stopping terrorists. Count of terrorists stopped so far by the TSA: Zero.

      Better to fire them all, and put the airline in charge of security. After all they have liability and millions of dollars of aircraft to protect. Get the government out of the TSA business. When it comes time to face down a terrorist, the TSA would rather hassle your grandmother.

      • Dean Anthony

        As an airline employee at one of the largest in the US I find the TSA a joke. The majority of their employees here are ex-contract service employees who could not do the job of cleaning aircraft, etc. The company lost their contract so the workers applied for work with the TSA and they are now the ones “fighting terriorists.” Most are so out of shape they could not run down a real enemy if they had to. The TSA has not nothing to secure our national or personal safety. They are a bogus organization created to infuse fear in the minds of the traveling (and not traveling) public. They are another one of the governents “one-world/new-world” order machines and we are nothing more than sheep being led to the slaughter. We, the American People need to wake up from our apathy and say “enough is enough. WE ARE TAKING BACK OUR COUNTRY” even if the government won’t!

  • sarah

    Gosh….do you think they were going to hijack the plane? LOL!!!! TSA is a joke.

  • Gregg Gardiner

    Finally they got the guy with 7 snakes!…. Most only have 1!

  • JBC

    If TSA had not caught this (insert description) what do you suppose was going to happen once the aircraft was airborn?

  • Jive Dadson

    Anyone who is thinking about smuggling exploding snakes on board better think twice.

  • Jive Dadson

    How many billion dollars is that per snake?

  • Taxpayer58

    The TSA originally thought it was 8 snakes, but . . .

  • steve

    I’m sick and tired of these monkey fighting snakes on this monday to friday plane!

  • willy

    All this scanning and groping is as much about finding contraband as it is about safety.

  • MaggieLyn

    T.his is not even worthy of covering! My 6 year old great grandson could have detected this. It does nothing to endear the TSA to me

  • stan

    The elusive pants snake located and pulled. Travelers are safe.

  • Robert

    I thought TSA’s mission was limited to security .. now they are also customs agents? When does the right against self-incrimination kick in, exactly?

  • David Kimber Howard

    Ah, shucks, always wanted to see Snakes on a Plane.

  • Charles U. Farley

    WE’RE SAVED! Thugs Subjugating Americans strikes again. They always get their reptile!

  • Blair Warren

    I miss the good old days when all you had to do to be cool was keep a gerbil in your pants.

  • NotaSmuggler

    Mae West might have asked: “Is that a snake in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me”?

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