In 2006 a movie about snakes on a plane was released. The premise? Lots of snakes. On a plane 30,000 feet in the air.

It was scary.

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However, for one Mexican flight the fictional premise morphed into something very real.

Passengers on an Aeromexico flight from Torreon to Mexico City on Sunday got the fright of their lives when a snake slithered out of an overhead luggage compartment.

Real. Live. Snake.

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Indalecio Medina, a passenger on the flight, caught the metre-long reptile on video as it dropped down into the cabin.

According to Medina, nobody was hysterical, but passengers quickly unbuckled themselves and got clear of the snake.

The pilot contacted the airport and was given priority to land, touching down in Mexico City 10 minutes later. Passengers exited from the back of the plane as animal control workers removed the snake. It is not clear what type of snake it was, or if it was venomous.

In a statement Aeromexico said it was investigating how the snake got on the plane.

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