ERIE, Penn. (FOX 13) - A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer in Pennsylvania found a cat packed in a passenger’s checked baggage Thursday.
TSA is known for posting photos of strange, interesting, and illegal items packed into passengers’ baggage on its Instagram account.
The goods typically consist of weapons or drugs hidden within commonplace items like shoes, bags of chips, or travel-sized shampoo bottles.
Live animals sometimes make it into luggage, but not often.
TSA says the cat, whose name is Slim, was purposely packed into the passenger’s baggage. Officers at Erie International Airport (ERI) made the discovery and rescued Slim from his enclosure.
“While this could have been extremely dangerous for the 6-month old cat, Slim is just fine and is currently residing under the care of the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania,” TSA wrote on Instagram.
The agency also added there are legal and humane ways to travel with a pet. Just check with your airline for specific guidelines.
An Erie International Airport (ERI) TSA Officer let the cat out of the bag this week. Literally. And the cat’s name is Slim. Slim’s owners packed her in their checked bag. While this could have been extremely dangerous for the 6-month old cat, Slim is just fine and is currently residing under the care of the Humane Society of Northwestern Pennsylvania. … No worries though if you’d like to travel with your pets. Here’s how! … Checkpoint Screening: … Check with your airline first to inquire about any fees and policies. … Your pet will need to be screened via checkpoint screening if it’s traveling with you in the cabin of the plane. … We do not X-ray pets. However, there have been many occasions where passengers have assumed their pet needed to go through the X-ray. You can imagine the surprise of the X-ray operator when they see Fluffy’s skeleton roll across their monitor. It is not an unusual occurrence. Your pet will need to come out of its carrier, so it is a good idea to know how your pet will react. Many a cat has gone into a feline frenzy after being removed from its carrier. An angry cat is never a good thing. … Even if your travel is “off the leash,” you should strongly consider keeping your pet on a leash. The checkpoint is a noisy environment that can cause your pet to flee at its first opportunity. This happens with humans occasionally as well. Your pet can be carried through the walk through metal detector or walked through on leash. If your pet triggers an alarm, one of our officers will have to take a closer look. Pets are not screened with the body scanners. … Checked Baggage: … If your pet is traveling in a kennel, your airline will arrange for a TSA Officer to screen the kennel. Officers will need to inspect your kennel/carrier for prohibited items with you present. Sometimes this can be done visually, but it’s good to have a leash handy in case the officer asks you to remove your pet from the carrier.