A venomous snake smuggled on board of an Egypt Air flight from Cairo to Kuwait forced the aircraft’s captain to make an emergency landing after the reptile sneaked out of a bag and bit a 48-year old Jordanian man. The man who got bitten owns a reptile shop in Kuwait and had the animal confiscated when he landed in Kuwait City.
Panic on board the commercial carrier began when passengers realized the venomous reptile was “slithering under the seats,” CNN reports.
The plane made an emergency landing in an Egyptian resort town on the Red Sea and where the snakebit man refused medical treatment. The snake is an Egyptian cobra and its venom can kill a person in 15 minutes. The Jordanian man refused to spend a day under observation in a hospital saying the wound was superficial.