AMMAN – A Jordanian passenger on an Egypt Air flight heading from Cairo to Kuwait on Monday was bitten by a snake that he had smuggled into the plane, according to an airline official.

The Jordanian, identified as Akram Abdul Latif, was trying to control the reptile as the other passengers were terrified when they saw an Egyptian Cobra crawling under their seats, according to Adli Saad, head of the Egypt Air office in Al Ghardaqa Airport.

Saad told The Jordan Times over the phone on Tuesday that the incident forced the pilot to make an emergency landing at the airport of the Red Sea resort in a bid to provide first aid to Abdul Latif.

The aircraft, which was carrying 90 passengers, continued its trip later on Monday morning, he said.

Investigations revealed that the 48-year-old, who admitted that he owns a reptile shop in the Gulf state of Kuwait, was the owner of the snake, which he had hidden in a bag, according to Saad.

“He was bitten in his hand and after we administered first aid he insisted on taking the snake with him to Kuwait,” the Egypt Air official said.

Doctors advised that Abdul Latif should at least spend 24 hours in hospital for observation, but he refused, Saad noted, adding that he left for Kuwait at 10:00pm on Monday.