TAIPEI, Taiwan - Security officials at the Taipei Songshan Airport were given a good scare when they found a one-meter-long boa constrictor inside a package that was about to board a domestic flight.
The snake, weighing about two kilograms, was discovered during a routine X-ray check of the package, a sealed box marked with the words "gift" and "brittle," airport police said, adding it was the first time a snake has been found in a package at the airport.
Uni Air, which was supposed to transport the unusual package to the outlying county of Penghu on a domestic flight, rejected it, citing company regulations against taking living animals.
The airport police then contacted the owner and asked him to take the snake back. The police said no laws were broken in this case, as the snake is not classified as a "dangerous" item.
The owner is a college student who was cited by the police as saying that he never thought the shipping of his "pet" would create such a fuss.
The package was handled by a delivery firm on behalf of the owner, who had flown to Penghu a day earlier, the police said.