View Full Version : Is that a monkey under you hat, or are you happy to see me?

Aug 9, 2007, 07:02 AM
Passenger 'hid monkey under hat'

A man has been questioned by police at LaGuardia airport in New York after smuggling a monkey onto a flight from Florida by hiding it under his hat.

Passengers spotted the animal when it climbed out and perched on the man's ponytail, Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Alison Russell told reporters.

Ms Russell said the monkey - a marmoset - spent the remainder of the flight in the man's seat and was well-behaved.

It is unclear whether the unnamed man will face any criminal charges.

The man's journey originated in Lima, Peru. Ms Russell said it was not known how the man avoided detection there, and during a several-hour stopover in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

When passengers noticed the fist-sized primate on the flight, they asked the man "if he knew he had a monkey on him", Ms Russell said.

New York animal control officials said the monkey appeared to be healthy, the Associated Press news agency reported.

It said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was planning to quarantine the animal for a month.

After that, the monkey could be sent to a zoo, AP said.

BBC News Link (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6936533.stm)

I know that monkey smuggling is wrong, but the image of monkey sitting quietly during an aeroplane flight brought a smile to my face.


Aug 9, 2007, 07:15 AM
What a funny story. I like the part when people asked him if he knew he had a monkey on him.

Aug 9, 2007, 01:57 PM
What a cute little guy. I hope he was given something to eat during the in-flight service.

Aug 9, 2007, 02:01 PM
it's ashame really... a little monkey surviving in the wild until someone snatches it.

I wonder who is smarter, the man or the monkey.

Aug 9, 2007, 11:26 PM
Was the man's hat yellow?

Aug 9, 2007, 11:56 PM
I hope he wasn't playing with it on the flight.:p