The orange stowaway cat that was spotted and removed from a wheeled suitcase at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport was able to enjoy a nice Thanksgiving dinner.
Lisa Farbstein, spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Northeast Region, provided an update on how the cat’s celebration went in the days after its rescue.
“Smells, the cat @TSA recently rescued from a screening bag at @JFKairport after sneaking into a suitcase trying to fly to Orlando, enjoyed Thanksgiving at home in Brooklyn,” Farbstein wrote in a tweet Monday, Nov. 28. .
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In earlier tweets on Tuesday, Nov. 22, Farbstein noted that Smells allegedly snuck into the luggage of a traveler bound for Orlando and was detected by an X-ray unit that scans checked bags at JFK Airport.
The traveler, who has not been named, lives with the cat’s owner, according to the TSA.
Smells was sent back home after he was found.
“Apparently Smells was planning to chase after a large mouse she heard running around Disneyworld,” Farbstein joked in her tweet on Monday.
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The photo update from Smells shows the feline sitting at a table while looking at a plate of food and a glass of wine.
The holiday photo appears to be a stark contrast to the photos the TSA shared of Smells’ attempted contraband.
One of the photos revealed that JFK Airport’s baggage x-ray unit depicted the heat signature of the warm-blooded cat in red, which stood out from the other packed items. Other photos showed Smells’ orange fur peaking when a TSA agent opened the suitcase.
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Illegal pets are occasionally found and reported by TSA.
Last year, a Chihuahua was found hidden in a Texas couple’s suitcase at a Southwest Airlines terminal as they tried to board a flight to Las Vegas. The couple managed to make last minute arrangements to pick up the dog.
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Cats hide when they seek safety, warmth and rest, according to CatWiki, an online cat owner’s guide.