Once Samuel L. Jackson appeared in the Mideast hotspot of Dubai, it really was only a matter of time before the snake on a plane would turn up, too.

Dubai-based airline Emirates said on Monday that one of its flights from Muscat, Oman, to Dubai was cancelled the previous day after a snake was spotted slithering in the cargo hold.

Passengers hadn’t yet boarded the Boeing 777.

The carrier says the serpent was eventually captured and the plane is back in service.

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Samuel L. Jackson was honoured with an achievement award in early December at the Dubai Film Festival. (Karim Sahib/AFP/Getty Images)

Jackson, who starred in the 2006 thriller Snakes on a Plane, was in Dubai last month to accept a lifetime achievement award at the Dubai International Film Festival.

In November, a snake slithered out from behind an overhead luggage compartment on an Aeromexico flight over Mexico.

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Samuel L. Jackson starred in the memorably named 2006 movie thriller Snakes on a Plane. (New Line Picutres/Associated Press)