Snakes, Almost, On a Plane

Travel News — By spencerspellman on September 14, 2010 at 12:15 pm

It was just a few years ago when the movie Snakes on a Plane came out and many watched in bewilderment that the preview they had seen wasn’t actually a joke, but really was a movie, while also knowing that this would never actually happen in real life. Well, just when you thought it couldn’t happen, it almost in fact did happen recently. Australia’s Courier Mail reports that a Malaysian man attempted to take 95 live boa constrictors onto a plane at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

The Courier Mail reports that it wasn’t until the bag broke open that airport officials realized what was going on. Upon further inspection of the bag, authorities found 95 boa constrictors, along with a few other snakes and a turtle. However, since the turtle and other lot of snakes aren’t endangered, the man is only being charged with exporting endangered boas without a permit. Which begs the question, if he would’ve had a permit, could he have carried 95 boa constrictors on board?

Evidently this isn’t the first time that Keng Liang “Anson” Wong has been involved with wildlife trafficking. He had previously been charged in the United States for an animal smuggling ring involving hundreds of reptiles. Evidently, wildlife smuggling has been a big business in Malaysia, until the government started to crack down on it recently. A new law was recently passed to punish smugglers, but it hasn’t taken effect yet.

[Photo courtesy of Doug Keeney]

Tags: kuala lumpur international airport, Malaysia, snakes on a plane, wildlife trafficking

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