A stowaway cat that climbed into a traveller’s suitcase has been discovered by staff at a US airport. The animal was found in luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.
A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer spotted the cat after the bag went through the X-ray machine.
A picture of the black suitcase shows tufts of ginger hair poking out of the zip.
It is thought the cat, which belonged to someone else from the passenger’s household, climbed into the baggage before it was unknowingly zipped up, taken to the airport and checked in.
The pet, called Smells, has now been returned to her home in Brooklyn.
TSA public affairs spokesperson Lisa Farbstein said: “A TSA officer was shocked to find an orange cat inside a checked bag at John F Kennedy International Airport after it went through the X-ray unit.
“Traveller 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.”
The cat’s owner Alix was at work when she received a call from a member of staff at the airport last Tuesday.
She told the New York Post: “An officer called and asked if I wanted to press charges.
“He wanted to know if there was any reason he was trying to steal my cat and go to Florida.
“Our cats really like to check out bags and boxes and apparently one of them climbed into his suitcase. It was just an accident.”
She added that her pet was not fazed by the adventure after rushing to collect him from the airport.
She said: “I was worried he’d be freaked out but he wasn’t even meowing on the way back.
“I went to give him some extra treats and he acted like nothing had happened.”
Pictures show an X-ray of the suitcase with the cat curled up alongside other items.
Another snap shows a member of staff opening the bag to find the animal.