Cat Put Through LAX X-Ray Machine, Shitstorm Ensues
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Cat Put Through LAX X-Ray Machine, Shitstorm Ensues

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.)

He/she put his/her cat through a baggage X-ray and apparently went on alone through passenger screening. People went apeshit and tweeted about it, as was first reported by Gawker.

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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