The scanner of the JFK airport in New York discovered a “passenger without a ticket” inside a suitcase

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Owner believes cat “Smells” sought refuge inside a visiting friend's suitcase undetected until luggage was examined at the air terminal

The airport scanner JFK of New York discovered a

This image provided by the Transportation Security Administration shows a cat trapped in a checked bag passing through security at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. (Transportation Security Administration via AP)

A cat surprised TSA agents at New York's John F. Kennedy airport after stowing away in a suitcase. The agent noticed clumps of orange fur sticking out of a slightly open suitcase and stopped the entire line.

When the bag passed through the X-ray unit on November 16, the Transportation Security Administration agent was in for a surprise: Inside were four legs and a tail belonging to a feline stowaway.

“On the bright side, the cat is out of the bag”, a TSA spokesperson tweeted Tuesday.

The passenger was called back to the ticket counter after the cat was found, spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein said in an email.

“The traveler said the cat it belonged to someone else in the house, which means they didn't know the cat was in the suitcase,” Farbstein said.

The scanner at New York's JFK airport discovered a “passenger without a ticket” inside a suitcase

Image of orange hair that it was sticking out of the suitcase.

“We call that a good CATch!” he said. The pun “CATch” combines “cat” with “catch”.

The stowaway cat, identified by the New York Post as “Smells” , he was returned to his owner.

The cat's owner told the Post that Smells must have slipped into the suitcase of a visiting friend. She didn't know her tabby was missing until airport officials tracked her down.

Despite the fact that they deal daily with everything from unauthorized firearms to cranberry sauce “It's rare to discover a live animal in a checked bag,” TSA spokeswoman Lisa Farbstein told CNN. Luckily, the cat didn't try to run away when the case was opened.

(With information from AP)

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