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Saudi man arrested for carrying snakes on plane

Man detained when his Etihad flight reached Abu Dhabi from Jakarta
A passenger in Abu Dhabi was caught carrying snakes (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images).
A passenger in Abu Dhabi was caught carrying snakes (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images).

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A Saudi Arabian man reportedly carried four snakes in his hand luggage on an Etihad flight from Jakarta to Abu Dhabi last week.

According to a report in The National, the man was arrested by security officers when his plane landed in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to the snakes, the man reportedly transported two parrots and a squirrel.

It is unclear how the man was able to clear security controls in Jakarta.

Andang Santoso, a spokesman for the airport operator in Jakarta, told the Jakarta Globe: “Every passenger has to go through two X-ray scanners, so I don’t think it’s possible for the animals to have passed them without anyone noticing.”

Irma Hermawati, an Indonesian animal rights advocate, suggested that airport employees in Jakarta may have assisted the man.

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