Florida Man Stories – July 25

July 25 – Florida Man Attempts To Get On A Plane With Snakes in His Pants

A Florida flight nearly became a source of fright as a man attempted to board a plane with snakes in his pants.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) representatives revealed on social media that an unidentified man tried to board a flight at Miami International Airport with a sack of the reptiles smuggled in his clothing.

Alarms at the TSA security checkpoint alerted officials to a potential “anomaly” beneath the passenger’s garments. Using standard Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) to identify irregularities, airline officials cited unusual activity in the groin area of the man’s clothing. The administration detained the man for a pat-down, and the passenger admitted to harboring the reptiles.

“Once the technology flagged him for a search, he was caught and he admitted to it,” a TSA spokesperson said. Further investigation revealed that the man had concealed two juvenile serpents in a camouflage-patterned sunglasses bag.

While it remains unclear whether the man attempted to keep the animals as pets or stashed the stowaways as part of a trafficking scheme, airport employees notified the Customers and Border Protection (CBP) along with the Miami-Dade Police Department. Officials then released the reptiles to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC).

Prior to the pat-down, the passenger had intended to take an international flight. However, administrators canceled his ticket and boarding privileges as punishment for the brazen affair.

Social media users have drawn parallels between the incident and the action-horror film “Snakes on a Plane.” Starring Samuel L. Jackson, the thriller explores the horror of a crime lord releasing venomous snakes onto a commercial aircraft in order to assassinate a trial witness.

While the Miami incident may seem bizarre, it is not the first time a Florida flier tried to sneak snakes onto a plane. Previously, a Tampa passenger attempted to keep a four-foot boa constrictor in a carry-on bag as an “emotional support animal.”

The TSA reiterates that reptiles cannot accompany commercial flights and passengers should never view such events as “commonplace.”

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July 25 – Florida Man Jailed for Scratching Name Into Cop Car

A Florida man took notoriety into his own hands by carving his autograph into a Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) marked patrol vehicle.

Officials say the individual, identified as Enderlin Leonce of Margate, FL, etched his full name into the driver-side hood of the cop car before fleeing the scene.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Margate Police Department (MPD), a witness confirmed seeing a person vandalizing the automobile. When police arrived in the area, they saw that the suspect had used a metal utensil to carve “the name is Enderlin Leonce” on the body of the vehicle.

Officers used an Interstate Identification Index search known as a “teletype check” to find the individual responsible for the incident. Records revealed that the suspect lived in a residence near the site of the crime.

Police arrived at the suspect’s residence where Leonce allegedly confessed, “I did it. I committed a crime, and I should be going to jail.” He also showed officers metal pliers with traces of green automotive paint on the tool.

The suspect also implied an apparent motive for his behavior. “I was revolting because [the officer] wouldn’t take me back to Haiti,” Leonce said.

Given the suspect’s incoherent state, officers brought Leonce for evaluation at a local hospital. Upon release from the medical facility, police booked Leonce into the Broward County jail with a charge of criminal mischief.

According to Florida Statute 806.13, a person commits criminal mischief by willfully and maliciously damaging real property. This type of offense can include the placement of graffiti or other acts of vandalism on tangible property. If damage to the property reaches costs greater than $200 in repair costs, the action becomes a misdemeanor of the first degree and can warrant fines or jail time.

According to the Broward Sheriff’s Office, damage to the vehicle in question constitutes approximately $1,000 in repair costs.