TSA says traveller forgot snake at Newark security checkpoint
Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers assist travelers with luggage through a security screening area during a partial federal government shutdown Monday, Dec. 31, 2018, in SeaTac, Wash. (File Photo/AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
The Associated Press
Published Tuesday, August 20, 2019 7:05PM EDT
NEWARK, N.J. - A young girl discovered something slithery at a New Jersey airport security checkpoint: a 15-inch-long snake.
Transportation Security Administration officials at Newark Liberty International Airport said in a release that it appears the thin, black snake with a yellow ring around its neck was forgotten by a traveller 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 unclear where the snake was taken.