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Stowaway cat slips TSA, travels to Orlando in owner's suitcase

A 14-month-old cat slipped detection by its owner and the Transportation Security Agency and traveled nearly 1,000 miles before being discovered — in Orlando, Fla.

The sneaky feline, Bob-bob, apparently found his way into his owner's suitcase, the Orlando Sentinel reported. Ethel Maze of Circleville, Ohio, told the paper she was doing last-minute packing early Monday for her annual trip to Disney World, and didn't notice the stowaway.

Neither did TSA. "We're just wondering how he got through the X-rays without being seen," Maze told the Sentinel.


"Our machines are very sensitive to picking up explosives and other threats to aviation," TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz told the Sentinel.

Maze, who runs the Maze Residential Care Home, was traveling with a group of 18 disabled veterans and volunteers.

One of the group members, Mike Groleau, said he thought he saw the bag move, the Sentinel reported, but after a long night of packing, he loaded it with the other luggage. Ten hours later at a Disney-area hotel, Maze unzipped her bag and "Bob-bob" was there.

The cat was a little shaken but still purring.

In the past, TSA has caught travelers intentionally hiding creatures in the strangest of places. In one incident, a man hid small snakes and turtles in his pants, while in another incident, a woman taped birds, wrapped in socks, to her leg and chest.

Related: Travelers arrested after hiding small primates in underwear at Delhi airport

Bob-bob's journey is impressive, but it doesn't compare to Ni Hao. The Chinese kitten was discovered as a stowaway in July, after traveling across the Pacific Ocean from Shanghai to Los Angeles in a shipping container, NBCLosAngeles.com reported.

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