A Cat Went Viral for Escaping His Carrier & Roaming Freely on a Plane

He was ultimately brought back to his seat.

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Kryssia Campos/Moment/Getty Images
Kryssia Campos/Moment/Getty Images

Brian had had enough of sitting around in the plane, so he went for a walk. Except, he wasn’t technically allowed to do so.

In this scenario, in fact, Brian is a gray-and-white cat, and during a JetBlue flight he was taking with his owners, he managed to escape his carry-on carrier and took a walk around the aircraft, to the amusement of fellow passengers and the flight crew.

Unfortunately for the cat, while many airlines allow travellers to bring a cat or small dog in the cabin, it is illegal for the animals to roam freely, and they must remain in carriers approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) during the flight.

Brian’s story first went viral on Twitter, when author Yi Shun Lai posted a photo of the soft-pawed rebel while he was being lifted by a flight attendant and brought back to his seat.

“On last night’s @JetBlue flight, ONT-JFK: ‘Is anyone missing a CAT. A grey-and-white CAT.’ Yes I woke up for this,” Lai wrote in the tweet.

Luckily, Brian was soon reconciled with his owners, as Lai reported in another tweet. Despite his acts of defiance, though, the cat clearly didn’t feel a shred of guilt.

“That’s our big boy Brian!” his owner replied in the thread while attaching a short video of him at home. “Thank you for all the love, he’s safe & sound but definitely not sorry haha.”

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Serena Tara is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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