Snakes on a Plane

Snakes on a Plane (2006)

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Corrected entry: Several characters, including the snake expert, Jackson and the FBI guy with him, repeatedly refer to antivenom instead of antivenin. It is acceptable that the others would make this mistake, but surely the expert should have known better.


Correction: The terms are interchangeable. In the early 1980's, the World Health Authority decided that "antivenom" was the preferred English language terminology. As such, "antivenin", while still accurate, is now considered somewhat archaic among English speakers. The use of "antivenom", as seen in the film, is entirely correct.

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Corrected entry: When the plane hits turbulence luggage in the overhead compartments begin to fall on passengers. There is a shot where a piece of luggage falls and hits the baby on the head. The mother has no reaction to this and a few scenes later the baby is okay. A baby that small being hit on the head would cause severe head injury and the baby would not be able to recuperate that quickly.


Correction: I just watched this movie and the luggage does not hit the baby at all. It comes close but it actually falls and hits the corner of the blanket that is just hanging there.

Corrected entry: The snakes' vision is shown to be completely green, even living things. But snakes see in thermal vision, so living things would look orange or red.

Correction: Snake's have normal eyes and some snakes have infrared sensitive receptors (pit organs). The snake vision in the movie is just added for dramatic effect.


Corrected entry: When the herpetologist sees the snake picture drawn by the boy, he questions what the snake is, when it is a cobra. The herpetologist is a strange snake expert if he cannot identify a snake from an excellent drawing.

Correction: He asked "What is this" not to indentify what the snake was, but to indentify why the boy drew it. It could have just been a random snake that the kid drew, but by asking "What is this" the herpetolgist found out that it was the type of snake that bit the little brother.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: When the mile high couple go into the toilet, the woman originally had on a pink top. However in the next scene she is wearing a turquoise one.

Correction: The pink top is on TOP of the turquoise one. Clothes tend to come off preceding sex, which is why she's wearing the turquoise one in later shots.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: Air traffic control is much more complex than what's depicted in the movie. In reality, the plane would not be communicating with Los Angeles Tower until it was on final approach, and certainly not when it's still 1,500 miles away! Aircraft en route are actually handed off from one Area Control Center to another, each of which controls a very large region of airspace, before being handed off to the tower near the end of the flight.

Correction: There is no stop between Hawaii and LA, so there would be no ACC to hand off to.

Nick Bylsma

Corrected entry: When Samuel Jackson shoots out the plane's windows he is shooting at the left side of the plane (or pilot's side). When an outside shot of the plane is shown the hole is now on the right side (co-pilot's side)of the plane.

Correction: He does in fact shoot at the right side (you can tell by the way the monitors are facing).

Corrected entry: At the end of the movie, when the snakes are sucked out of the plane, various other debris follows, including the half devoured Paul. Strangely, he is the only dead passenger being seen while at least some of the other over 50 victims should have passed by. Also, the raft mysteriously disappears after being lifted from the staircase.

Correction: The reason the other victims weren't sucked out is beacuse they were in the back of the plane, and the snakes were so light. Paul was right under the hole. The raft gets sucked out of that big hole in the side of the plane.

Corrected entry: When the passengers are in a blind panic getting away from the snakes, the stairs break so they block the hole using the inflatable boat. Later on when the plane has landed, everyone walks down the same flight of stairs - which are perfectly intact.

Correction: The stairs themselves don't break; the railing does, due to the weight of the people leaning on it.


Corrected entry: I know it was done for the film but I know of no airlines that allow you to bring your dog on board in your lap. With so many having allergies etc. this is a major health concern and it was not a medical dog.

Correction: My wife has brought both a cat, and two very small dogs on separate flights from Europe to Canada, both types of pets were allowed in the cabin in a carrier that fit under the seats. On one airline, the pets were allowed to sit on her lap for a portion of the flight.

Corrected entry: The radio calls made by the copilot do not adhere to proper radio procedure calls for aviation. The call letter code is incorrect, not bearing any resemblance to an alpha code for the identifying flight and number, the order of making the Mayday call is incorrect, he should call Mayday 3 times first, then his identification, and the call for the pilot having a perceived heart attack should not be a mayday call, but a Pan, Pan , Pan call. The difference is a Mayday call is for imminent danger to the plane, such as catastrophic engine failure, likely to result in a crash. A Pan call is to notify ATC that an emergency has occurred (such as medical) but the plane is not in danger of crashing. The co-pilot for a major airline would be able to fly the plane without the captain, so the plane is not in immediate danger. Yet.

Correction: This is not fully true! A Mayday call is a distress signal, when the airplane or any person on board is in serious and/or imminent danger and requiers immediate assistance. So if a person on board has a heart attack or even if it is only suspected the plane needs to land asap. Our company policy, for example, is to land on the next suitable airfield! A PAN PAN call is conducted when an urgency prevails, where urgency is defined as follows: Urgency is a condition concerning the safety of an aircraft or a person on board which doesn't require immediate assistance. Now a person having a heart attack does require immediate assistance, believe me! As for the not calling 3 times mayday. The distress signal is Mayday, PREFERABLY spoken three times, and followed by as much information as possible about the aircraft and the prevailing situation. I've been in distress once in my flying career, it was in South Africa, shortly after takeoff, I couldn't even say the callsign of the aircraft I was so focused on the hill that grew in front of me...

Ronnie Bischof

Corrected entry: When the plane is desperately attempting to get to land in LA, the GPS on the control panel shows the plane by-passing landing areas over California's other cities.

Correction: The plane may have to land at LA for runway length, availability of medical services, or other reasons, making the other alternate landing areas ineligible.

Corrected entry: When the couple get pinned down after the cart hits them, they get attacked by the snakes. If you watch closely enough, when the man gets sprayed by the venom, it actually hits his cheek, not his eyes, but his eyes start foaming straight afterwards.

Correction: Depending on the type of venom, it may act on the vitreous membranes and tear ducts of the eyes first, causing his eyes to swell and foam before his cheek would swell. Venom enters mucus and vitreous membranes much faster than being absorbed through the skin.

Corrected entry: In the scene where the boy is bitten on the hand, the passenger asks the stewardess to bring her some Olive Oil to put on the bite. I've flown first class before and I know of no airline stocking Olive Oil.

Correction: I work in a Business Aviation company and have flown 1st Class many times, if you know the crew on board, you can get everything on a plane. Pay for it and you get what you want (except of course certain dangerous goods).

Ronnie Bischof

Factual error: One of the subplots involves a young boy ("Tommy") who is bitten by a cobra and the attempts to save his life. When they are working on his arm, it is horribly swollen & filled with fluid which they drain by cutting open his arm. Cobras secrete a neurotoxic venom which attacks the nervous system. It would not cause noticeable swelling at the bite site. The symptoms Tommy has would indicate a bite from a snake which secretes a hemotoxic venom (such as a rattlesnake), which attacks the blood stream & tissues, causing swelling.

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Neville Flynn: Enough is enough! I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!

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Trivia: During filming, Samuel L. Jackson did not come into contact with any live snakes, because a contract clause prevented snakes from being within 25 feet (8 m) of the actor.

Jedd Jong

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Question: I live in Southern California and I can hear the snakes 50 yards away. Knowing that there were rattlesnakes on the plane, wouldn't people on the plane have heard them?

Answer: Rattlesnakes only make a noise when they are disturbed and some rattlesnakes will even strike without starting to rattle first.


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