The SAA flight 514 was doing what a flight does when it is ready for take off.
The snake was doing what a snake does when encountering flight vibrations.
I was doing what can be expected I should be doing, to keep the lid on the basket by my feet. The right thing to do would be to sit on the basket but this was not possible as I was strapped down in a seat and ready for take off. The position of my body took the strength off my foot on the basket and the python who was on his own mission found the foot pressure weak.
One beady eye looked my fellow passenger in the face.
I told them not to worry, it is only a snake! Does no one ever listen! Or maybe that was the problem, they did listen.
By now a long neck attached to the beady eyes was lifting the lid and the exposure was more than my fellow passengers could handle.
Sssssssssssuch a sssssssssshame.
The rest I will leave to your imagination.
The plane engine did seize. The doors did reopen. I was escorted out of the plane. The snake was relocated to the hold. I was allowed to reenter the plane. The plane was delayed.