Man Smuggles Monkey onto NYC-bound Plane

Some fruitcake from Peru put a Marmoset Monkey under his hat and boarded a plane to the USA.  Gee, they’ve got some awesome security checkpoints in place in Peru.  I have to take my fucking shoes off to fly from Newark to Tampa.  This guy doesn’t even have to doff his hat to the Peruvian authorities?  Maybe he wasn’t even a guy, maybe he was two children standing on each other’s shoulders in a trench coat.
Man Smuggles Monkey onto NYC-Bound Plane

NEW YORK (AP) — A man smuggled a monkey onto an airplane Tuesday, stashing the furry fist-size primate under his hat until passengers spotted it perched on his ponytail, an airline official said.
The monkey escapade began in Lima, Peru, late Monday, when the man boarded a flight to Fort Lauderdale, said Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Alison Russell. After landing Tuesday morning, the man waited several hours before catching a connecting flight to LaGuardia Airport.

During the flight, people around the man noticed that the marmoset, which normally lives in forests and eats fruit and insects, had emerged from underneath his hat, Russell said.
“Other passengers asked the man if he knew he had a monkey on him,” she said.

The monkey spent the remainder of the flight in the man’s seat and behaved well, said Russell, who didn’t know how it skirted customs and security.

Airport police were waiting for the man and his monkey when the plane landed about 3 p.m., and the man was taken away for questioning. It was unclear whether he would face any criminal charges.

The city’s animal control agency said the monkey appeared healthy. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was planning to take it for disease testing and keep it quarantined for 31 days, CDC spokesman Tom Skinner said.

If the monkey is healthy, it could wind up in a zoo.

“It is kind of a spirited monkey,” Russell said. “That will be the nickname of the monkey: Spirit.”

Copyright 2007 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

A preliminary sketch was issued of the man in question.  Police are looking to speak with this man:

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~ by chrismcdevitt on August 8, 2007.

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