Stowaway cat crammed in luggage caught by TSA agent on X-ray before boarding at JFK

It’s still not clear how the crafty kitty made its way unnoticed into the suitcase, but the Transportation Security Administration spotted the orange stowaway before it wound up stashed in the belly of an aircraft.

The TSA said this week a Florida-bound traveller unknowingly packed a cat into their baggage, but eagle-eyed agents at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport found the furry feline when the checked bag went through security.

“This is how @TSA at @JFKairport spotted the cat in the checked bag,” tweeted TSA spokesperson Lisa Farbstein. “The X-ray machine is this cat’s new best friend!”

A TSA scan spotted this wayward cat. Photo: TSA/Twitter

Farbstein said the officer was “shocked” to find the live animal inside the checked bag.

But there was an explanation — and don’t worry, the kitty is tip-top.

“Traveler said the cat belonged to someone else in his household,” she added. “On the bright side, the cat’s out of the bag and safely back home.”

Not your usual packing job. Photo: TSA/Twitter

While some doubted the accidental nature of this packing job, cat owners everywhere know their four-legged friends are prone to climbing into open bags and luggage.

The TSA had a lot of fun with the unusual find.

The puns on its social media post were purr-fect.

“We’re letting the cat out of the bag on a hiss-toric find,” the TSA wrote. “This CATch had our baggage screening officers @JFKairport saying, ‘Come on meow’! Feline like you have travel questions reach out to our furiends @AskTSA.”

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