Dispute over monkey that was smuggled onto plane by owner

Published on : Friday, August 12, 2016

Frontier AirlinesFrontier Airlines said that a man had smuggled a ‘loose’ monkey on a flight between Ohio and Las Vegas though TSA (Transportation Security Administration) have disagreed it saying that the authorities had screened the animal properly.


According to the airlines company, a flight attendant had noticed the money peeping out from within the shirt of its owner in a flight from Columbus in Ohio to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas on Tuesday night.


Frontier stated that the passenger had not agreed to offer the paperwork for the monkey to the flight attendant. This had compelled the flight authorities to contact the police.


When the plane landed on McCarran International Airport, the officers of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department observed that the money had no criminal activities and was actually an emotional support animal that was registered.


Frontier Airlines alleged that the air traveller had smuggled the primate through the airport and boarded the plane after placing the monkey inside a duffel bag. However, TSA officers argued that the airport authorities had screened the animal prior to the flight and went through a security checkpoint.


A spokeswoman of McCarran International Airport said that according to a report of a Frontier employee, the monkey had actually gotten loose during the flight.


But then, Richard Oliver, a Frontier spokesperson said that though the monkey was not carried inside a carrier, it was always with the passenger for the entire time of the journey. He said that the monkey was never loose.



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