Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Airport reportedly lost their cool when a JetBlue passenger sent his pet cat through the x-ray machine on Wednesday, after stowing his furry feline in his checked bag.
The amount of screaming that’s happening in the Jet Blue terminal at LAX is incredible right now and yet it feels completely appropriate.
— The Sklar Brothers (@SklarBrothers) July 1, 2015
HOLY SHIT. A dude just put his cat inside the X-Ray machine at LAX. The TSA is flipping the fuck out.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 1, 2015
LAX Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Belinda Nettles told the local NBC News affiliate in Los Angeles that the passenger had told TSA agents that he did not know animals were not supposed to be sent through the X-ray machines. After the cat was checked and deemed physically fit, both passenger and pet were permitted to board the flight.
The ACTUAL guy who put his cat thru the xRay machine was on OUR plane. This is him. For the record he stowed his wife in the overhead compartment. A photo posted by The Sklar Brothers (@sklarbrothers) on Jul 1, 2015 at 8:57pm PDT
“It’s not unheard of that people have done that [sent their pets through X-ray machines], which is why we try to educate them,” TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers told LA Weekly. “When you travel with your pet, do not put your pet on the x-ray. The number one thing is you should never separate yourself from your pet. We know people love to travel with their animals.”
Well, we all learned a lot today. The chief lesson is this: don’t put your cat through an X-Ray scanner at the airport.
— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 2, 2015
The incident marks the second time in one week that someone has placed their pet through an X-ray at the airport.
I have now seen everything. A woman trying to put a live cat, no cage, through the xray thing at LAX security. Officers suddenly screaming! — The Obvious Hiker (@ObviousHiker) June 30, 2015