A woman was kicked off a flight after she was caught trying to smuggle her cat on board inside her hand luggage.
The passenger, who was bound for Heathrow on a British Airways flight from Glasgow, claimed that she needed her feline friend for ‘emotional support’.
BA cabin crew caught out the American traveller after she was told that she had to put her bag in an overhead locker as she was sitting by an emergency exit.
They were not sympathetic to the woman’s pleas and told her she was being removed from the flight – along with the cat, who was being stored in a box in the bag.
A BA spokeswoman said: ‘Cats cannot travel in the cabin but recognised assistance dogs travel free alongside their owners.
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‘Other animals need to travel in the hold.’
An airport insider added: ‘BA don’t allow animals in the cabin. Security say the scanner would not have picked up the cat as being alive, dead or stuffed.’
The unidentified passenger is believed to have left the airport without booking an alternative flight.