SECOND SKIN Passengers' shock as man on bus uses snake as face covering
A man, channeling his inner Joe Exotic, has hissed off his fellow passengers by wearing his pet snake as a facemask on a local bus.
It is most people’s worst nightmare but one passenger channeled his inner Samuel L. Jackson and turned his viper into a fashion accessory - a snake mask.
Punters making the daily commute from Swinton to Manchester watched in shock as the man took a snake and not a face covering out of his backpack when he boarded the bus.
The man (40s) proceeded to wrap the light brown serpent, that looked like a large python, around his mouth and neck on Monday morning.
One passenger, who asked not to be named, said at first, she thought the man was wearing a "funky mask" before she spotted the creature slithering over the hand rails.
The reptile did not seem to be bothering anyone else, she said, adding that she found the incident "really funny".
She told PA: "No one batted an eyelid."
A Transport for Greater Manchester spokesperson said: "Government guidance clearly states that this needn't be a surgical mask, and that passengers can make their own or wear something suitable, such as a scarf or bandana.
"While there is a small degree of interpretation that can be applied to this, we do not believe it extends to the use of snakeskin - especially when still attached to the snake."
Like in Ireland, it is mandatory for all passengers to use a face covering on public transport during the coronavirus pandemic, unless they are exempt for reasons of age, health or disability.
Reports have confirmed that the man was not wearing a mask under the snake with and it is understood that he has been warned by local officials that a snake is not a legitimate face covering.
It is not known if he was challenged by the driver over his choice of covering or if a boa-conductor had done the job.