ISLAMABAD: A snake was sighted on Islamabad International Airport’s tarmac on Tuesday.
The serpent which appeared out of nowhere struck fear and panic among on-duty staff, who scurried for safety amidst confusion. According to the airport staff who spoke to a local media outlet about the incident, this was not the first time a snake had been spotted on the Islamabad airport’s premises.
They said that the airport management “always turns a blind eye” and ignores complaints of this nature.
Furthermore, Airport Security Force (ASF) officials said that the trauma centre located within the facility does not have antivenom or medicines to treat animal/reptilian bites.
Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) spokesperson Farah Hussain while commenting on the matter in an attempt to pacify the panic struck staff said, “The snake was not of the poisonous variety, like a cobra. It was the regular, harmless kind. It emerged in an area where only staff members have access and no passengers ever go there”.
She said that the airport was spread over 4,000 kanals of land and that snakes often show up at urban spaces in search for dry ground during rainy season. “The snake does not know this is an airport,” she added.
However, she was unable to provide solid answers to the measures taken for the safety of human lives. In response to a question about whether the snake had been killed or not she answered, “It probably must have been”.