Cat is out of the bag on Saint John Airport security

May 3rd, 2007  

Topic: Cat is out of the bag on Saint John Airport security

Feline that slipped into suitcase makes it all the way to Ontario
Last Updated: Wednesday, May 2, 2007 | 4:16 PM AT
CBC News

A New Brunswick woman is wondering how she made it through Saint John Airport security and all the way to Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., with a live cat in her suitcase.

Mary Martell discovered Ginger, the family pet, in her luggage after a two-hour plane ride to Toronto and an hour's drive to Niagara-on-the-Lake. The cat apparently snuck into a bag while Martell was packing.

Martell said her bag was scanned at the airport, but she was not stopped.
"They had asked me, when they put … the luggage through the X-ray, whether I had a turkey," Martell said.

"[Security] kept going back and forth with [the suitcase]," Martell said. "I was adamant. 'Look, I have no turkey.'"

The bag was sent on and loaded into the cargo bay of the airplane. Ginger, 3, was discovered when Martell opened her suitcase in her hotel room.

Security workers at the Saint John Airport would not comment to CBC reporters, referring questions to the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

A spokeswoman with the authority said the incident would be investigated.

Air Canada agreed to let the cat fly home for free in a proper pet container.

Martell said Ginger is doing fine.
May 3rd, 2007  
In-ter-esting. How can that cat can breath in the suitcase for 2 hours? lol
May 3rd, 2007  
a luggage is not like that and air can go in and out of it...
May 3rd, 2007  
Team Infidel
i am suprised the xrays didn't nuke her
May 3rd, 2007  
Wow. Makes you wonder that if their security is so lax how much stuff can be gotten in illegally.
May 3rd, 2007  
Rob Henderson
Wow. Hahaha...Perhaps they should've asked the woman to open the bag to see if there really was a turkey in there.

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