NEW YORK (AP) — Don’t accuse the TSA of catnapping on the job. When an alert agent at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport noticed tufts of orange fur poking out of a slightly unzipped suitcase, it gave him paws.
As the bag went through the X-ray unit on November 16, the Transportation Security Administration agent was in for a surprise. Inside were four paws and a tail belonging to a feline stowaway. “On the bright side, the cat’s out of the bag,” a TSA spokesperson tweeted Tuesday.
The passenger was paged to return to the ticket counter after the cat was found, spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said in an email. “The traveler said that the cat belonged to someone else in the household, implying that he was not aware that the cat was in the suitcase,” she said. “We call that a good CATch!”
The stowaway cat, identified by the New York Post as “Smells,” was returned to its owner. The cat’s owner told the Post that Smells must have crawled into the suitcase of a visiting friend. She didn’t know her tabby was missing until airport officials reached her.