Snakes on a Plane! Really!

November 22, 2006 at 3:38 pm Leave a comment

Manila airport officials prevented a real-life version of Snakes on a Plane from occurring this week when they stopped almost 130 reptiles from boarding a plane to Bangkok. 

More than 60 snakes concealed in water bottles and dozens of lizards were found inside two suitcases belonging to a Filipino woman, Reuters reports. 

Reptiles, amphibians and other exotic animals are purportedly popular delicacies or ornaments in many parts of Asia and are also considered to be good luck charms.  

It’s possible that the woman was simply intending to sell the reptiles on arrival in Bangkok. But if we’ve learned anything from Snakes on a Plane, it’s that it’s far more likely the woman was attempting an elaborate assassination attempt on an FBI witness preparing to testify against a criminal overlord.  

This incident serves to highlight our society’s blatant disregard for possible crisis situations that movies have been trying to warn us about for years. What we consider to be ridiculous and far-fetched movie concepts could serve as useful points of reference for possible emergency scenarios. If this incident in Manila can teach us anything, it’s that we shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the possibility of gremlins getting fed after midnight or that driving your car at over 88 mph may result in your mother hitting on you in 1955. Everybody knows what to do in the case of a fire, but who knows what to do when confronted by time-travelling robot assassins from the future with Austrian accents? Personally, I’m not going to be waiting for Sam Jackson or Governor Schwarzenegger to save the day.

Picture: Samuel L. Jackson in Snakes on a Plane

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