Simon Sniffs Out a Stowaway – Do you know a dog that’s taken an airplane ride?

I tugged my handler into the next train in the airport terminal, and we rode until I smelled the animal scent on one of the exit doors. Hopping off the train, we rode up an escalator and came out near the food court.

This way? No. That way! The animal’s smell left a strange pattern on the tile floors. It squirmed and went every which way, under chairs and past shops where smells of delicious food wafted out.

At last, the scent veered towards one of the gates. Everyone had already boarded for a flight—and the source of the smell had joined them!

I darted down the boarding ramp. Flight attendants were closing the airplane door, but stopped when they saw me coming. We entered the plane and human passengers watched curiously as I sniffed down the aisle. Then, a couple rows down, a scaly tail tucked out of sight under an empty seat, and a hissing noise started up.

A rattlesnake! It must have slipped into the terminal through the sliding glass doors.

As people noticed the snake, some screamed and some tried to climb up into the luggage compartments. I lowered my head and growled to warn the snake to not cause any trouble. It raised its triangular head and flicked its tongue at me. Very rude. I bet it didn’t buy a ticket either. Bad stowaway! Too cheap to pay like everyone else did.

Before it could escape, I pinned it behind the head with one paw. My handler got on his radio to let other humans know about what we’d found.

Soon, other humans came. They carefully took the rattlesnake from under my paw and placed it in a plastic box, and then carried it away. The humans passengers looked very nervous about being on a plane where there might be more snakes, so I sniffed under all the seats. No more snakes. That was good.

After the plane took off, I was given another peanut butter treat! It tasted even better this time, because I knew it was for a job well done.

Finding the snake made me wonder what other critters do not belong on airplanes. Help Simon become smarter. What animals shouldn’t be let through airport security? Have you ever taken a pet on a plane?

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