A cat named Jack is on the loose at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. He has been missing for five days and his distraught owner Karen Pascoe has teamed up with animal lovers around the world via social media to pressure American Airlines into finding Jack the cat.
Pascoe was traveling from New York to California last Thursday when she dropped her two cats off in their kennels at baggage services. After heading to the airport food court, she said received a call from an American Airlines agent telling her that one of her cats was missing and they believed he was in the inbound baggage claim area.
She missed her original flight after an hour-long search and boarded the next flight with the reassurance that she would be called as soon as Jack was found. Then, according to a Facebook page created by Pascoe’s sister, Pascoe did not hear from American Airlines for the next two days.
The Facebook page is called “Jack the Cat is Lost in AA Baggage at JFK” and has over 3,000 passionate followers.
Outraged supporters have left hundreds of comments condemning the airline, like Deena Ann, who wrote, “I will NEVER fly with AA again if Jack is not found safe & Quick!”
Kalimah Thurson, another supporter, wrote on the page, “For the last few days, almost every hour, I come on there to see if Jack’s been found. I can’t wait to smile. Come home soon, Jack.”
In the spirit of the fugitive Bronx Zoo Cobra from earlier in the summer, a Twitter account was started on the cat’s behalf. The catty tweets have included, “One thing @AmericanAir hasn’t thought of…litterbox. Hope this green dress wasn’t important. #luggage.”
The “cat” also tweeted, “Enjoying day 6 of my stay-cation and recommend it to anyone looking to get away. #findjackthecat.”
Yesterday, American Airlines posted an update on their Facebook page to address the issue. “We repeat our apologies for the upset caused by this situation, and wanted to share an update,” it said on the page.
The airline said it has offered Pascoe a flight to New York to “personally visit the JFK operation and help assist with search efforts.” The airline said it is also placing humane traps in the area, has left food and water around the operation and hung posters throughout the airport.
As of Tuesday evening, Jack was still on the lam.