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Monkey business.
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Un. Freaking. Believable:

CBS 2 HD has learned a monkey was apparently snuck 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.

Here’s what I don’t get:

Transportation Security Administration officials say the animal is so small it could have easily passed through security without detection, but they are investigating.

I can’t get my kids’ sippy cups and juice boxes past TSA. I’ve had to throw away toothpaste, hand lotion, and lip balm before boarding flights.

But a guy can sneak his living, breathing, furry pygmy marmoset onto two planes?

TSA: Tolerating Smuggled Animals

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• Category: Ideology • Tags: Airline Security