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4-foot boa constrictor found in luggage at Tampa International Airport

'Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn't find this hyssssssterical!' TSA Instagram post says
A 4-foot boa constrictor was discovered in a passenger's carry-on at Tampa International Airport.
Posted at 8:17 AM, Jan 08, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-08 08:17:49-05

TAMPA, Fla. — Security screeners at the Tampa International Airport made a slithery surprise inside a passenger's luggage, the Transportation Security Agency said Friday.

A 4-foot boa constrictor was found inside a carry-on bag after it was passed through an X-ray machine at the airport.

A post on the TSA's Instagram page showed the reptile coiled up next to other items including what appeared to be a laptop.

"Our officers at Tampa International Airport didn't find this hyssssssterical!" the post said.

This isn't the first time a snake has been found inside luggage being screened at a Florida airport.

A python was found hidden inside an external computer hard drive at the Miami International Airport in 2018.

Also, a dog was discovered inside a backpack that was sent through the X-ray machine at an airport in Wisconsin last month.

The TSA reminds travelers that all pets should be brought to the security checkpoint in a hand-held travel carrier and removed just prior to the beginning of the screening process.