Strange kitten leaps out of man's luggage

A KITTEN survived a plane trip halfway across the United States after accidentally ending up in a suitcase, a newspaper reported overnight.

Seth Levy's suitcase, in which 10-month-old tabby Gracie Mae stowed away, was mistakenly picked up by the wrong person after a 2 1/2 hour plane trip from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Dallas-Fort Worth airport in Texas.

But the man who took the suitcase called the kitten's Florida home and spoke to Mr Levy's wife, Kelly, of Palm Beach Gardens, and agreed to hold the cat until her husband could pick it up, the Sun-Sentinel newspaper said.

"Hi, you're not going to believe this, but I am calling from Fort Worth, Texas. And I accidentally picked up your husband's luggage, and when I opened the luggage a cat jumped out," Mr Levy recalled the man telling her on the phone. – From correspondents in Miami: January 23, 2008 04:43am

You got to wonder…how did the baggage sceeners miss a live cat?

"Hey George, you got to see this! Some nutcase is has a skeleton in his bag!"

"Really?! Let me see!"

"What do you think we should do? Report it?"

"Are you crazy?! That would mean four extra hours of work! Dude, I don't what your talking about – 'cause, I didn't see that thing!"