Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

A screengrab from a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling. (Courtesy of Youtube)
Updated 18 March 2018
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Egypt Air denies ‘snake on board’ claims

CAIRO: Egypt Air has denied news reports claiming that a snake has attacked a passenger boarding its Saturday flight from Cairo to Kuwait.
The Egyptian national carrier released a statement on Sunday denouncing the reports as “baseless,” noting that there had been a similar incident on the airliner back in 2012.
Several news outlets in Egypt have quoted a Kuwaiti newspaper report that published a video alleging to show a snake hanging from the plane’s ceiling.

The report by Kuwait’s Al-Anba Newspaper claimed the reptile had bitten a passenger on board, forcing the plane en route to Kuwait to revert back to Egypt for an emergency landing at Hurghada airport, about an hour after taking off.
Al-Anba alleged a number of passengers were surprised by the presence of a “poisonous Cobra on the plane, which caused fear and panic. It also reported one passenger was stabbed before they succeeded in killing the snake.
In a statement, Egypt Air urged all media outlets to rely on the company’s official statements regarding issues similar to this incident.


Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

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Snakes in office force Liberia’s president to work from home

  • President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated
  • Black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area

MONROVIA, Liberia: A spokesman says Liberia’s president is working from home after two snakes were found in the building that contains his office.
Deputy press secretary Smith Toby tells The Associated Press that former international soccer star and President George Weah was told to stay away until the Foreign Affairs building can be fumigated. He is expected back in the office on Monday.

Weah was a superstar on the pitch in the mid-1990s, particularly during his spell in Italy with AC Milan. (Getty Images)

The black snakes were seen this week briefly emerging from a hole in a wall of the building’s reception area. Liberia is home to poisonous snakes and officials are not taking chances.
The deputy press secretary says the fumigation has begun to take care of “crawling and creeping things.”
Weah, who was FIFA’s 1995 player of the year, assumed the presidency in January 2018.