Furry stowaway: Airport security finds cat that sneaked into man's suitcase

Red fur peeking through the zipper of the suitcase aroused the suspicion of JFK airport employees.

(L) The cat that snuck into the suitcase. (R) Airport workers noticed the fur sticking out of the zipper. (photo credit: SCREENSHOT/US TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION)
(L) The cat that snuck into the suitcase. (R) Airport workers noticed the fur sticking out of the zipper.
(photo credit: SCREENSHOT/US TRANSPORTATION SECURITY ADMINISTRATION)

The security team at JFK airport in New York released a cat from a suitcase that was about to be loaded onto a plane on Tuesday.

The striped house cat with reddish fur snuck into the item of luggage that had already passed the inspection. The bag was about to be loaded into the cargo hold when the airport workers noticed its fur sticking out through the zipper. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel were shocked when they scanned the bag and saw an image of the cat on their computer screens.

The Euronews website reported that the bag was checked before a flight from New York to Atlanta and from there to Florida. "The cat did not belong to the owner of the suitcase, but to someone else in the house," said Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokeswoman.

Curiosity saved the cat

The cat was, of course, taken out of the bag before being transferred to the cargo hold – to the cat's great luck – as in the cargo hold the temperatures are extremely low, which could have killed it.

 A cat eating scraps of food in a street in Jerusalem. June 12, 2011.  (credit: SOPHIE GORDON/FLASH90) A cat eating scraps of food in a street in Jerusalem. June 12, 2011. (credit: SOPHIE GORDON/FLASH90)

The cat was returned safely to its owner, but the owner of the suitcase had to miss his flight. However, he managed to find another flight the next day. What is certain is that this time, he carefully checked the contents of the suitcase before leaving his house.

If you are preparing for relocation or an extended stay abroad, you should know that many airlines offer different options for flying with pets in a safe and legal manner. You should check the airline's policy in advance before ordering the ticket, including prices, cage dimensions, weight and more.

On El Al, for example, an animal weighing up to nine kg. can in most cases be flown with you in the passenger cabin. The one way price is $100. You should also check in advance whether your pet needs a microchip and vaccinations depending on your destination.