QUEENS, NY– Don’t accuse the TSA of catnapping at work. When an alarm agent at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport noticed tufts of orange fur sticking out of a slightly opened suitcase, it stopped him.
When the bag went through the X-ray unit on November 16, the Transportation Security Administration agent was surprised: Inside were four paws and a tail belonging to a blind cat.
“On the plus side, the cat is out of the bag,” a TSA spokesman tweeted Tuesday.
The passenger was called to the ticket 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, which means they didn’t know the cat was in the suitcase,” Farbstein said.
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“That’s what we call a good CATch!” She said.
The blind cat, identified as “Smells” by the New York Post, has been returned to its owner.
The cat’s owner told the Post that Smells must have crawled into a visiting friend’s suitcase. She didn’t know her tabby was missing until airport officials got hold of her.