Stowaway cat back in Ohio after trip to Florida

An Ohio woman says the pet cat that sneaked into her luggage for a flight to Florida has returned home safely and seems relatively unaffected by his surprise vacation in Orlando.

Ethel Maze of Circleville, Ohio, poses with stowaway cat Bob-Bob at home again in Circleville, Ohio. Bob-Bob recieved national attention last week when he was found to have hitched a ride to Orlando, Fla. with Maze by hiding in her suitcase while she was packing. (AP Photo/Circleville Herald, Trish Bennett)

CIRCLEVILLE, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman says the pet cat that sneaked into her luggage for a flight to Florida has returned home safely and seems relatively unaffected by his surprise vacation in Orlando.

Ethel Maze tells The Circleville Herald that Bob-Bob the stowaway spent 10 hours in a suitcase before she opened it last week. She says he was lethargic and wet from perspiration, and she initially thought he'd died.

Eventually he perked up, and he spent the week in a crate at Maze's hotel. He rode in a carrier near Maze's seat for the return flight.

Somehow the cat had made it through screening at Port Columbus International Airport. The man who handled the bags for Maze's group told reporters he thought he saw the bag move but loaded it anyway.


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