TSA finds stowaway feline in carry on bag at JFK


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This photo provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows a cat stuck in a checked bag passing through security at John F. Kennedy Airport on November 16, 2022 in New York City. The stowaway cat, identified as “Smells”, was returned to its owner. The cat’s owner said Smells must have slipped into a visiting friend’s suitcase. She didn’t know her tabby cat was missing until airport officials came to her. (Transportation Security Administration via AP)

NEW YORK (AP) β€” Don’t accuse the TSA of napping at work. When a vigilant agent at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport noticed tufts of orange fur sticking out of a slightly open suitcase, it gave him pause.

As the bag passed through the x-ray unit on Nov. 16, the Transportation Security Administration agent was surprised: Inside were four legs and a tail belonging to a feline stowaway.

β€œOn the bright side, the cat is out of the bag,” a TSA spokesperson tweeted on Tuesday.

The passenger was called back to the counter after the cat was found, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in an email.

“The traveler said the cat belonged to someone else in the household, implying he didn’t know the cat was in the suitcase,” Farbstein said.

“We call it a good CATch!” she says.

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