MIAMI ( – 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.

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.

Comments (55)
  1. ancientemplar says:

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

    1. Klaus says:

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

  2. Alvar says:

    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…

    1. Norbert T Bodenroder says:

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

    2. Martha says:

      Spoken like a true TSA Agent.

    3. Klaus says:

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

    4. Klaus says:

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

    5. Ben Franklin says:

      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?

  3. Nowswimback says:

    Another ‘guess the race’ article.

    1. David Dean O'Keefe says:

      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…

      1. Jennifer Hart says:

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

  4. Evan says:

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

  5. That Guy says:

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

  6. Read 1984 Again says:

    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.

    1. Frank F. Frank says:

      You are absolutely correct!

  7. cabrerski says:

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

  8. echo 1 says:

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

  9. Mitch Pawl says:

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

  10. R Falls says:

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

    1. DonM says:

      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.

      1. Dean Anthony says:

        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!

  11. sarah says:

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

  12. Gregg Gardiner says:

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

  13. JBC says:

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

  14. Jive Dadson says:

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

  15. Jive Dadson says:

    How many billion dollars is that per snake?

  16. Taxpayer58 says:

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

  17. steve says:

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

  18. willy says:

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

  19. MaggieLyn says:

    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

  20. stan says:

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

  21. Robert says:

    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?

  22. David Kimber Howard says:

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

  23. Charles U. Farley says:

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

  24. Blair Warren says:

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

  25. NotaSmuggler says:

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

  26. RP2012 says:

    Drudge: “TSA Agents Find 7 Snakes, 3 Tortoises In Passenger’s Pants…”

    — Yeah.. That’s what she said!

  27. stoptouchingthatmabel says:

    That’s nothing I once smuggled 3 possum, 4 boa constrictors, 9 lizards, 13 bats, a skunk, 37 mice and a partridge and my friend Harpo had even more.

  28. pynaetlb says:

    But they still haven’t found Elvis or that elusive American suicide bomber.

  29. rex dart eskimo spy says:

    I think the next time i have to fly, i’m going to smuggle a pillow pet in my pants. I wonder how many years I’ll get for that.

  30. Neverly says:

    That article was clearly written by an affirmative action graduate from the Ohpoorme School of journalism. My 7th grader would have provided a few facts to go along with the “TSA Rocks!” shill job. Does this paper really call this employee a reporter??

  31. jim3888 says:

    leave it to the TZA to find a snake down someone’s pants… must have been a little boy.

  32. Mike says:

    After further investigation only 6 snakes were found.

  33. Folma7 says:

    Is that a snake in your pants or are you just happy to be getting ‘frisked by a TSA agent???

  34. tracy collins says:

    awsome !

  35. MDC says:

    Well played, sir.

  36. yzhenry says:

    At least they were not in a diaper…………… TSA is still nuts IMHO….

  37. Tony says:

    7 snakes in your pants and a turtle head popping out? Thank God for the TSA. All the child molestation searches and x-ray machines finally paid off?

  38. Bob A says:

    The Democrat pedefiles at the TSA are doing a wonderful job protecting us from snakes and turtles, while they get excited feeling up children.

  39. protectourborders says:

    Wow, were any of them terrorists?

  40. Bones says:

    And the earthworm they found is not included in the article.

  41. dam says:

    Snakes, turtles AND a trouser trout.

  42. nuisance says:

    Just further proof to me that the TSA is not about stopping terrorism, it’s just a dragnet for general criminal activity. A way around the constitution that enables the politicians to set-up check points to search the citizenry. As 9/11 approaches, one must think about who the real terrorists are.

  43. Rod Rescueman says:

    Hey, is that a snake in your pants or are you just…


    It IS a snake in your pants. How disappointing.

  44. joe says:

    I’d like to see the size of these pants……& I bet if they keep looking they could possibly find a volkwagen or honda too