Venomous snake reportedly found in passenger’s carry-on bag at Indian airport

A venomous snake was found in a traveler’s bag at India’s Cochin International Airport Sunday, according to UPI and Times of India.

The poisonous reptile was reportedly discovered by officials after the bag was sent through a Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) X-ray scanner.

After performing a physical check of the bag, officials found a live baby snake that was believed to be a young Indian krait, a venomous breed.

The passenger was unable to board his Abu Dhabi-bound flight and was handed over to police.

The passenger was later released after it was determined that the reptile was stowed in the bag unknowingly inside a sack of potatoes the passenger had purchased from a farmer.

USA TODAY has reached out to the Cochin International Airport. 

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