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Spokesperson Lisa Farbstein told USA TODAY Wednesday morning that a TSA officer found the orange cat after the bag "triggered an alarm" while going through the standard X-ray screening for checked luggage on Nov. 16. The officer then saw the surprising X-ray image.
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The TSA retrieved the cat, which was alive. The agency notified Delta Airlines, the carrier that the individual was traveling with, and the police, Farbstein said. The traveler was asked if he knew about the cat.
"From the sound of it, this was... unintentional," Farbstein said, noting the traveler said he was unaware of the cat being in his luggage.
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The traveler told officials the cat belonged to someone else who lived in his household, Farbstein said. She didn't update the condition of the cat, but noted it was returned home after leaving JFK airport.
"On the bright side, the cat’s out of the bag and safely back home," Farbstein wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
She told USA TODAY the traveler, who was traveling from New York with a final destination in Orlando, was "able to rebook his flight for the next day without the cat."
USA TODAY reached out to Delta Airlines for comment Wednesday morning.
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Both the TSA and Delta provide travelers information about guidelines on traveling with pets on their websites.
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The TSA notes that animals should never be put through an airport's X-ray tunnel. Dogs and cats, for example, can either be screened privately in a separate room or walk with a traveler through the metal detector on a leash, Farbstein said. But an empty pet carrier with still need to go through security's X-ray to ensure there are no prohibited items.
Each airline's policy for traveling with animals is different, so check with your carrier before you get to the airport about carry-on policies and/or special shipping options. Different rules apply to certain pets.
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Pets should not be placed in checked luggage. And the cat found at JFK isn't the first time this has happened. In 2021, for example, a couple traveling to Las Vegas with Southwest Airlines found their pet chihuahua had sneaked into their suitcase.
November 23, 2022: Syrians check the aftermath of a rocket attack in the town of Azaz in the rebel-held north of the Aleppo province. - Five civilians were killed and three others seriously wounded in northwest Syria last night when rockets were fired at the city's market, controlled by Turkish proxy forces, near the border with Turkey, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
November 23, 2022: Municipal workers clear the street a day after a car bomb exploded outside a police accommodation in Muang district in Thailand's southern province of Narathiwat. - One person died, and more than two dozen were injured in southern Thailand after a car bomb exploded outside a police accommodation on Nov. 22, 2022.
November 23, 2022:A security guard in a protective suit keeps watching at an entrance gate to a neighborhood in Beijing. The ruling Communist Party promised to reduce disruptions from its "zero- COVID" strategy earlier this month by making controls more flexible. But the latest wave of outbreaks is challenging, prompting major cities, including Beijing, to close off populous districts, shut stores and offices, and order factories to isolate their workforces from outside contact.
November 23, 2022: The field of play is reflected in the glasses of a Croatian fan in the stands, before the World Cup group F soccer match between Morocco and Croatia, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar.
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November 22, 2022:: People visit a makeshift memorial near the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On Nov. 19, a 22-year-old gunman entered the LGBTQ nightclub and opened fire, killing five people before being tackled and disarmed by a club patron.
November 22, 2022: Saudi Arabia's Abdulelha Al-Malki celebrates at the end of the World Cup group C soccer match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at the Lusail Stadium in Lusail, Qatar. Saudi Arabia won 2-1.
November 21, 2022: US President Joe Biden pardons Chocolate, the National Thanksgiving Turkey, as he is joined by the National Turkey Federation Chairman Ronnie Parker (C) and Alexa Starnes, Daughter of the Owner of Circle S Ranch on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC.
November 21, 2022: Earthquake survivors are treated outside of a hospital in Cianjur, West Java, Indonesia. An earthquake shook Indonesia's main island of Java on Monday damaging dozens of buildings and sending residents into the capital's streets for safety.
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November 21, 2022: Iran supporters wave their national flag bearing the word "Woman" as they cheer during the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group B football match between England and Iran at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha.
November 20, 2022 : US actor Morgan Freeman and Qatari YouTuber Ghanim al Muftah attend the opening ceremony ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha.
November 20, 2022 : Qatari singer Dana al-Fardan performs during the opening ceremony ahead of the Qatar 2022 World Cup Group A football match between Qatar and Ecuador at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, north of Doha.
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November 19, 2022: Australia's players celebrate with the trophy after winning during the Women's Rugby League World Cup final match between Australia and New Zealand at the Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, England.
November 19, 2022: Kherson residents charge their phones at the city's train station, one of the few buildings with electricity, as the city's critical infrastructure, including power and water supplies, was destroyed in Kherson amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine. - A railway link between the Ukrainian capital Kyiv and the recently reclaimed city of Kherson restarted on Nov. 18, 2022, a week after a Russian retreat, a senior official said.
November 18, 2022: View of hot-air balloons during the XX International Balloon Festival in Leon, Guanajuato state, Mexico. - About 200 balloons from more than 23 countries fly over the Palote dam in the Metropolitan Park.
November 18, 2022: Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes (C) arrives at federal court with her partner Billy Evans (R) and mother Noel Holmes in San Jose, California. Holmes appeared in federal court for sentencing after being convicted of four counts of fraud for allegedly engaging in a multimillion-dollar scheme to defraud investors in her company Theranos, which offered blood testing lab services.
November 18, 2022: Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes, center, walks into federal court with her partner Billy Evans, right, and her parents in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. A federal judge will decide whether Holmes should serve a lengthy prison sentence for duping investors and endangering patients while peddling a bogus blood-testing technology.
November 18, 2022: Michelle Kucalski digs out her car after an intense lake-effect snowstorm impacted the area on November 18, 2022 in Hamburg, New York. Around Buffalo and the surrounding suburbs, the snowstorm resulted in up to four feet of accumulation, and additional snowfall is forecast for the weekend.
November 18, 2022: Riot police charge toward pro-democracy protesters, including a Buddhist monk, at a demonstration next to the Democracy Monument in Bangkok as the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit, is held in the Thai capital.
November 18, 2022: A protester throws back a tear gas canister toward police officers after police attempted to disperse an anti-government protest march in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Dozens of students protested against the detention of two student leaders who had participated in a protest over economic hardships and demanded political reforms. Friday marked 90 days of their detention under the country's harsh anti-terror law.
November 17, 2022: Workers unload a truck with 1,400 Christmas trees at North Pole Xmas Trees in Nashua, New Hampshire. - The company sells trees retail, wholesale, and mail order to customers around the US, with 80,000 trees moved each season. Xmas claims tree prices are higher this year due to a shortage of tree farmers, inflation, and the drought.
November 16, 2022: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) activists dressed in monkey suits smash coconuts during a protest outside the Embassy of Thailand in Washington, DC. - PETA is protesting the treatment of monkeys in the Thai coconut industry.
November 16, 2022: Spectators watch as the Artemis I unmanned lunar rocket lifts off from launch pad 39B at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. - NASA's Artemis 1 mission is a 25-and-a-half-day voyage beyond the far side of the Moon and back. The meticulously choreographed, the uncrewed flight should yield spectacular images and valuable scientific data.
November 16, 2022: Leaders plant their seedlings during a mangrove planting event at the Tahura Ngurah Rai Mangrove Forest Park as part of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.
November 15, 2022: Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida. - Donald Trump pulled the trigger on a third White House run on Nov. 15, setting the stage for a bruising Republican nomination battle after a poor midterm election showing by his hand-picked candidates weakened his grip on the party. Trump filed his official candidacy papers with the US election authority moments before announcing his candidacy publicly.
November 15, 2022: Ukrainian firefighters intervened at the scene where a Russian missile fragment fell near a residential building causing a fire in the center of the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv. - The Ukrainian presidency said on Nov. 15, 2022, that the situation across the country was "critical" after a fresh wave of Russian missiles battered energy facilities, forcing emergency shutdowns and plunging parts of the capital into darkness.
November 15, 2022: Activists protest against the World Cup which starts Sunday in Qatar, and called for a boycott in a demonstration outside the Qatar Embassy in Paris, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. The protesters honored migrant workers who died during construction work for the tournament, and decried rights violations in Qatar. Qatar denies abuses
November 15, 2022: A man walks through a tunnel of lights, an illumination part of Kew's Christmas light trail at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London, Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2022. New installations include suspended illuminations and optical illusions, featuring over a million lights along a 2.7km trail.
November 14, 2022: Workers try to salvage luggages from the fire at the Yanuo factory and warehouse in Asese, Ogun State, southwest Nigeria. - The factory and warehouse of Yanuo industries in Nigeria, an importer and one of the biggest Chinese manufacturing industries that produce traveling bags, different shapes and sizes of suitcases, textiles, and shoes, and well-equipped with machinery for working with rubber, plastics, or manufacturing products from these material has been razed by fire.
November 14, 2022: Girls pass a destroyed building in Borodyanka, Ukraine. In recent days, Russia has retreated from the Ukrainian city of Kherson, allowing Ukraine to reclaim swaths of nearby territory occupied since shortly after the Russian invasion.
November 14, 2022: Hundreds of volunteers stand at Goma International Airport receiving instructions before boarding a plane that will take them to a training center after responding to Democratic Republic of Congo's President Felix Tshisekedi's call to join the army to go to the front lines to fight against the M23 rebellion (March 23 Movement) in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo.
November 12, 2022: People eat street food as shoppers crowd a market in New Delhi, India. The world's population is projected to hit an estimated 8 billion people according to a United Nations projection.
November 14, 2023: Bill Powers checks on his flock of white turkeys, which have been kept under shelter all year to prevent exposure to avian influenza, at his familys farm on November 14, 2022 in Townsend, Delaware. Some turkey distributors are warning of higher prices and lower availability ahead of Thanksgiving after supply chain issues, inflation and fears over avian influenza affected the 2022 season.
November 14, 2022: A tram rides past the spot of Sunday's explosion on Istanbul's popular pedestrian Istiklal Avenue in Istanbul, Turkey. Turkish police said Monday they have detained a Syrian woman with suspected links to Kurdish militants and that she confessed to planting a bomb that exploded on a bustling pedestrian avenue in Istanbul, killing six people and wounding several dozen others.
November 14, 2022: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy takes part in the flag laying ceremony during his visit to the newly liberated city of Kherson, following the retreat of Russian forces from the strategic hub.
November 13, 2022 : A woman takes a picture of an artwork on a destroyed by fightings building in Borodyanka, Kyiv region, Ukraine. The artwork supposedly made by British street artist Banksy. Another mural in Borodyanka was confirmed as being made by the artist.
November 12, 2022 : Gauchos ride their horses during the 83rd Tradition Festival in San Antonio de Areco, Argentina The celebration aims to preserve gaucho traditions. A gaucho is described as a country man, nomadic horseman and cowboy of the Argentine pampas. Is recognized for his skill in mastering the horse, raising and hunting wild cattle, in addition to his technique for the preservation and zason of one of the best meats in the world.
November 11, 2022: Two men carry a gas cylinder outside a flooded house in the Playa Renaciente neighborhood near the Cauca river in Cali, Colombia. - The overflowing of the Cauca river floods hundreds of houses in eastern Cali due to heavy rains.
November 11, 2022: French President Emmanuel Macron stands at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier during a ceremony at the Arc de Triomphe as part of the commemorations marking the 104th anniversary of Nov. 11, 1918, Armistice, ending World War I, in Paris.
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