TSA: Traveler forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint

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August 20, 2019 - 7:09 pm

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NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS/AP) -- A young girl discovered something slithery at Newark Liberty International Airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake.

Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark said  that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its neck was forgotten by a traveler Monday night.

The girl alerted a TSA officer and a grey checkpoint bin was placed over the snake that officials said was harmless.

Officials closed the security lane temporarily and Port Authority police took the snake away.



New Jersey Federal Security Director Tom Carter said in the release that Newark has a robust lost and found system, but that the owner of the snake should not call them or expect to be reunited with the reptile.

"It’s common for travelers to accidentally leave items at the checkpoint,” Carter said. "Typically people leave items such as their keys, sunglasses, ID, hats and gloves, but this is the first time someone has left a snake behind. We have a fairly robust lost and found program that reunites passengers with their lost items, but this passenger doesn’t need to call us about his snake."

TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein echoed Carter, tweeting, "Someone left this snake at a @TSA checkpoint at @EWRairport last night. TSA has a good lost and found program to reunite travelers with items they've left at checkpoints, but if that was your snake, don't bother calling to retrieve it."

It's unclear where the snake was taken.