If most people were to make a list of things they least want to see at 30,000 feet, sure enough snakes would most probably get a mention. And that is exactly what caught the attention of passengers on a recent flight.
Ten feet of snake caught the eyes of many on a passenger jet, but fear was as distant as the ground! Only sympathy was felt for the poor snake that was believed to have tried to seek refuge in the landing bay, before finding itself fighting for its life on the wing.
The snake that wanted cheap holidays was a scrub python, also known as an amethystine python, and is believed to be the longest snake in Australia. Specimens of scrub pythons have reportedly been measured at an astounding eight and a half meters! Although they may be big and scary, the passengers sharing the flight with the python had very little to worry about as it is a non-venomous snake, and obviously couldn’t harm them from outside the plane.
Passengers found themselves fascinated with the snakes fight for survival, and many recorded the ordeal with their mobile phones. Pictures and videos show the snake flapping frantically in the wind as it tries desperately to crawl its way back into the cavity from which it came however its attempts failed.
Snake looking for cheap holidays by clinging onto plane wing
Apparently, in-flight entertainment was not necessary during this trip, as for the whole hour and fifty minutes the snake kept flyers faces pressed to the windows. It seems that what people failed to realise, is that this individual snake could have been a distraction, whilst its family slowly crept to devour the weak and weary travellers. Or perhaps we have all watched one too many horror films!
Not all of the passengers were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the snake though. Many of the passengers towards the front of the plane were oblivious to the drama that was unravelling at the rear of the jet.
An Unfortunate End.
The 10ft snake fought for its life the whole journey. It managed to hold onto the plane whilst riding 250mph winds and endured way below freezing temperatures. Clearly the snake would have been under so much stress, it is truly amazing it made it to Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately though, the snake was found dead upon arrival. The speeding winds had repeatedly beat the snakes head off the engine, which by the end of the flight was covered in blood.
Service and value for money has been on a steady slump amongst airlines for the past few years, with expected flight trends of longer queues, more frequent delays and additional surcharges.
But in an industry where customer perks are becoming less and less, news that airline passengers had to pay inflight for petrol came as a shock to even the most familiar travellers.
Comtel flight to Birmingham…
The hundred and odd passengers were stranded for over six hours in Vienna, where the Comtel Flight had stopped for fuel on Tuesday. Customers were literally kicked off the flight and told ‘If you want to go to Birmingham, you have to pay.’
Some passengers left the plane to find the nearest cash machine and withdraw the money from there.
A passenger on the flight said that on average most people contributed £130 each, with children under two not having to pay the charges.
Though this remains a freak incident for European travel, it marks a time a dark period in airline customer care – one which this airline will most likely not recover from.
Understandably, many of the travellers who paid the fuel charge were immensely angry. One passenger called his experience with the airline ‘absolutely disgusting’.
In light of the customer onslaught, the airlines majority shareholder Bhupinder Kandra blamed the problem on the booking agents, saying that they had not passed the airline fees for the flights. Kandra firmly stated that the call on passengers to pay for petrol was nothing to do with cash flow problems, though many have squashed those comments saying that such a desperate attempt to acquire money points to only one thing.
And with such a deformation on the airline’s image, regardless of whether the airline has finical troubles now, they indefinitely will following of the latest escapades of Comtel Flight from India to Birmingham.