A snake that led to the cancellation of an Emirates flight is being jocularly linked to the arrival in Dubai of actor Samuel L. Jackson, star of the 2006 American horror-action-thriller film “Snakes on a Plane”.
Jackson visited Dubai, the Emirates hub, last month to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Dubai International Film Festival.
Emirates cancelled a flight from Muscat, Oman, to the United Arab Emirates when a snake was sighted in the cargo hold at the weekend.
Emirates told Gulf News: “Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on 8 January 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
No photos of the snake were released, unlike the previous snake-on-a-plane incident, in which a serpent scared passengers on an Aeromexico flight over Mexico, as below:
Incidentally, the plot of “Snakes on a Plane” involves mobsters releasing hundreds of snakes on a passenger aircraft in an attempt to kill a trial witness. More than 450 snakes were used during the filming, with one scene showing a crate opening halfway through the flight to release venomous serpents that slither into one of the plane’s toilets and kill a couple having sex.
Sample of dialogue: “Ow! Get this f**king snake off my ass!”
The Emirates snake had a less action-packed time. No passengers were aboard the Emirates flight when the snake was sighted.
Written by : Peter Needham