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Men try to take snakes onto Emirates flight

Indonesian airport authorities apprehended the men at Jakarta airport.
The snakes were spotted by an x-ray (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images).
The snakes were spotted by an x-ray (Yuri Cortez/AFP/Getty Images).

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Indonesian authorities have nabbed two Kuwaitis who tried to smuggle snakes onto an Emirates flight from Jakarta to Dubai.

The men were about to enter the departure area at Jakarta’s airport last week when an x-ray revealed a large number of sedated snakes in their bags.

The men said they planned to take the snakes to the UAE and sell them to collectors.

The men could face time in prison and a fine if convicted.

“For the sake of flight safety and security, no animals are allowed to be brought onto aircraft without permission and special handling," said Salahudin Rafi, operational and technical director at the airport, told AFP.

Last December, an Etihad passenger was arrested at Abu Dhabi International after managing to smuggle snakes onto his flight from Jakarta.

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