Passengers on an AirAsia flight had their trip rerouted last week after a snake was seen on the plane.
In a video shared on TikTok by user @edal8808, who was a passenger, a long snake can be seen slithering through an overhead light fixture.
According to a report by NPR, the user wrote in the caption that the flight, which was headed from the Malaysian capital city of Kuala Lumpur to Tawau, had to instead make an emergency landing in Kuching, according to a translation of the text.
AirAsia confirmed in a statement that the incident took place but stated that it was a “very rare incident.”
The airline’s chief safety officer Liong Tien Ling told Business Insider the Captain decided to divert the aircraft to Kuching as a precautionary measure to fumigate the aircraft.
“The Captain took the appropriate action and the flight safely departed for Tawau as soon as possible. The safety and wellbeing of our guests and crew is always our top priority.”
The airline also said the snake injured nobody. It is not clear what type of snake was onboard.