CBS 2 HD has learned a monkey was apparently sneaked into the United States with a passenger from Peru and let loose during a Spirit Airlines flight that landed at LaGuardia Airport Tuesday afternoon.
Officials say the monkey, a pygmy marmoset, apparently belonged to a male passenger from Lima, Peru. He bought the animal off the streets in Lima.
The man then smuggled the animal, which measures only about a foot tall, through security in Peru onto a flight to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He then got past security again when he took a connecting flight from there to New York City, and he even kept the monkey out in the open mid-flight.
Passengers of that flight say they noticed a small monkey clinging to the man’s ponytail during the flight and reported it to authorities.
Goofy as it sounds, there apparently is some health threat:
Now there are two major concerns as a result: how the man got the monkey past security, and any diseases that could be passed on from the marmoset to humans.
“We don’t know if it’s harboring any bacteria or diseases, so the CDC is rightly concerned,” an Animal Control official told CBS 2 HD.
Not to mention the very real possibility of rampant poo-flinging, which is never too pleasant.
TSA officials shrugged their shoulders:
Transportation Security Administration officials say the animal is so small it could have easily passed through security without detection, but they are investigating.
Then they returned their attention to seizing half-filled bottles of moisturizing liquid.
Yes, I can see it’s less then three ounces. You have to go by what it says on the bottle, ma’am. Federal regulations. Yes, sir, the monkey’s fine.
P.S. From the Unexamined Assumptions File: is a barrel of monkeys really fun?