UPDATE at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015: The TSA confirmed the incident. See more below.
Dear travelers: Don't put your pets through the carry-on X-ray machine at the airport, even if they have a half-dozen balloons of heroin in their little tummies.
A man (or woman, see below) learned this lesson the hard way sometime after 2:30 p.m. at LAX today. (No drugs were involved, just a feline.)
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
I have seen people pulled out of the TSA line for knives. Guns. I have never seen the rage of the TSA when dude just put his cat in the XRay— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 1, 2015
The TSA folks at Terminal 3 at LAX are animal lovers. They lost their shit when that dude put his cat through the scanner. RAGE.— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 1, 2015
Cat Update: the TSA was deciding whether to arrest the dude, call a vet, or just kick his ass for putting his cat through the X-Ray.— Sara Benincasa (@SaraJBenincasa) July 1, 2015
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
An LAX spokeswoman said she had zero information about the incident, and we couldn't reach anyone from LAWA Airport Police.
TSA spokeswoman Lorie Dankers hadn't heard about the incident until we called, but she told us this:
It's not unheard of that people have done that, which is why we try to educate them. When you travel with your pet, do not put your pet on the X-ray. The No. 1 thing is you should never separate yourself from your pet. We know people love to travel with their animals.
She sent us these tips on traveling with pets.
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UPDATE at 5:48 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015: A LAWA Airport Police official told us, "We didn't arrest anyone for putting their cat through the X-ray."
UPDATE at 7 p.m., Wednesday, July 1, 2015: TSA spokesman Nico Melendez said, "In fact it did happen." But he did not have further details.
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