Customs Officials Find 22 Snakes in Woman’s Luggage at Airport

When traveling, it’s important to fly with only the essentials that airports allow. Customs agents at an airport in India seized 22 snakes and a chameleon from a woman’s checked bags.

According to the Central Board of Indirect Taxes & Customs, officials at Chennai Airport discovered the snakes of various species inside a passenger’s luggage who had arrived in India from Kuala Lumpur. Photos and video footage of the incident were posted on the CBIC’s Twitter account.

The footage showed that several large snakes were packed into transparent plastic containers that appeared to have been sealed with duct tape. Agents discovered the animals as they were searching the traveler’s luggage when she passed through customs at the Chennai Airport.

The traveler hauled the snakes and chameleon from Malaysia to Chennai in her checked bags. They were seized under India’s Wildlife Protection Act, which intends to “provide for the protection of wild animals, birds and plants… with a view to ensuring the ecological and environmental security of the country.”