Snake on a plane at Luton

Passengers on a plane from Israel to Britain had a shock when they realised there was a snake on board.

EasyJet said the animal was harmless and those on board were not in any danger but they called out authorities to meet the plane when it landed at Luton at 8pm yesterday.

A spokeswoman said:

"easyJet can confirm that a passenger brought a small, pet snake in a container on board a flight from Tel Aviv to Luton.

"As soon as crew became aware of this they dealt with the issue in a professional manner, immediately contacting the authorities to ensure they met the aircraft at Luton.

"The safety of passengers is always our highest priority. The harmless snake remained in its container at all times and passengers were not in any danger. We have raised the issue with the airport to understand why the reptile was not detected during security."