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(CNN) — The weird however fascinating menagerie of animals detected by TSA agents in have-on baggage at US airports carries on into 2023.

This time the discovery was an outdated standby concept popularized in flicks: snakes on a aircraft! Properly, it was a single 4-foot boa constrictor to be specific. And technically, it hardly ever created it to the aircraft. Nonetheless, it truly is intriguing.

The Transportation Security Administration tweeted Friday afternoon with the aspects from Tampa Intercontinental Airport in Florida. The incident happened on December 15, TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein explained to CNN Vacation in an e-mail.

“Our officers … failed to obtain this hyssssssterical! Coiled up in a passenger’s have-on was a 4′ boa constrictor! We really have no adder-ation for discovering any pet going by way of an x-ray device.”

The puns — and admonishments — failed to stop there.

“Do you have asp-rations of using a snake on a airplane? Will not get upsetti spaghetti by not comprehending your airline’s regulations. For occasion, airlines will not allow for nope ropes in have-on luggage and only a number of enable them to slither all around in checked bags, if packaged correctly.”

Farbstein reported that the “TSA notified the airline that the lady (with the have-on) was ticketed to fly on and the airline did not permit the snake on the plane.”

Boa constrictors are nonvenomous snakes that destroy their prey by squeezing them in their robust coils. Their normal range is northern Mexico to Argentina.

Other animals, other luggage

Smells the Cat appreciated Thanksgiving at household in Brooklyn immediately after TSA agents rescued him from a checked bag at John F. Kennedy Worldwide Airport. The animal snuck into a suitcase in an apparent try to fly to Orlando.

From TSA Northeast/Twitter

The boa hasn’t been the only hassle of the animal assortment not long ago.

All over Thanksgiving, lousy Smells the Cat was observed in a carry-on at John F. Kennedy Intercontinental Airport in New York. The particular person with the have-on reported the cat wasn’t his but arrived from his domestic. After the ordeal and the indignity of it all, Smells was rewarded with a luxurious Thanksgiving spread.

Animals want to be removed from carrying situations, and the vacant carrier sent through the screening machine, TSA has consistently warned.

If you want to travel with your permitted little pet in the cabin of a plane, TSA has some valuable hints so you can do it the appropriate and humane way.

Best image: This boa constrictor was caught on X-ray in a bag at Tampa International. (Photo from TSA)