On Monday, Dubai-based Emirates flight EK083 from Muscat to Dubai was cancelled after a snake was spotted in the cargo hold.
A spokesperson for the airline said that the snake was found before passengers boarded the plane.
It said in a statement: “Emirates can confirm that flight EK0863 from Muscat to Dubai on January 8, 2017, was cancelled due to a detection of a snake in the cargo hold prior to passengers boarding.
“Engineering and cleaning teams are working to clear the aircraft to re-enter service. We apologise for the inconvenience caused.”
The flight was scheduled to leave Muscat at 10.50am and arrive in Dubai at 11.55am. The carrier later confirmed the serpent was eventually captured and the plane is back in service.
Emirates have not confirmed the species of the reptile or whether the snake was venomous.