New York airport security officers have discovered an astonishing stowaway: a cat, mistakenly locked in a suitcase. The US Transportation Safety Agency (TSA) recounts this unprecedented rescue on Twitter. The story has since been relayed by many media across the Atlantic and spotted in France by West France.
HAS @TSA officer was shocked to find an orange cat inside a checked bag at @JFKairport after it went through the X-ray unit. Traveler said the cat belonged to someone else in his household. On the bright side, the cat’s out of the bag and safely back home. pic.twitter.com/5XZVJLaZNm
— Lisa Farbstein, TSA Spokesperson (@TSA_Northeast) November 22, 2022
In the caption of the photo, on which we can see the feline’s fur protruding from the suitcase, the TSA spokesperson explains that the animal was spotted by X-rays before placing the suitcase in the pressurized hold. “The traveler said the cat belonged to someone else in his household. On the bright side, the cat is out of the bag and back home safe and sound“.
The TSA shared the images that helped find the cat.
We’re letting the cat out of the bag on a hiss-toric find. This CATch had our baggage screening officers @JFKairport saying, “Come on meow”! Feline like you have travel questions reach out to our furiens @AskTSA. They’re available every day, from 8 am – 6 pm (ET). pic.twitter.com/LpIkLbAgzC
—TSA (@TSA) November 22, 2022
Cats like to put themselves inside bags, boxes and suitcases… But for this one, this choice of basket could have been fatal. Fortunately, it’s a story that ends well for this red-haired passenger with mustaches.