NEW YORK (AP) — 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.
“On 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.
The stowaway cat, identified by the New York Post as “Smells”, has been returned to its owner.
The cat’s owner told the Post that 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.
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