by Kieran McGovern Intermediate
Some air passengers seem a little confused about what you can take on a plane as hand luggage.
A man recently flew into the USA with a monkey under his hat. He clearly needs to read the rules. So does the woman who travelled several thousand miles with a kitten in her handbag.
And there’s no excuse for smuggling three stolen iguanas onboard an international flight in a false leg.
The man and his monkey started
their journey in Lima, Peru. They then had a stopover in
Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Here they passed through a
Everything was fine until the plane was in the air. Then the monkey climbed out from under the man’s hat and sat on his ponytail. ‘Did you know you have a monkey on you?’ a fellow passenger asked politely.
I think he did know.
The monkey sat quietly for the
rest of the journey. This doesn’t surprise me because
small monkeys aren’t bad travel companions. Yes, they
do want a lot of attention - but so do young children. And
monkeys are more entertaining than screaming two-year-olds.
I once sat next to a monkey on a bus in Vietnam. I first noticed him when he moved in the bag of the passenger next to me. I thought I was dreaming until he climbed out.
The bus driver didn’t charge him for a ticket.
Cats are not good travellers and they insist on flying first class. The stray kitten probably slept through the 2,800-mile journey from Iran to Newcastle, UK. She passed through security checks in Tehran and Amsterdam without a problem.
Customs officer at Newcastle Airport discovered the stowaway kitten while checking the woman’s luggage. Finally the cat was let out of the bag.