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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Chicago-O'Hare Airport

August 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM | by | ()

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted on: JetBlue flight 914 from ORD to JFK.

This week's Travel Cat is from...me, your intrepid editor here at Jaunted! Recently a friend helped rescue a litter of abandoned kittens in Michigan. I committed to adopting one and he's been traveling with me from Ann Arbor to Ohio to Chicago and, earlier this week, it was finally time to bring him home to a permanent cat bed in New York City.

His name is Jetson and he's had all his necessary shots and vet checks and I'd already called JetBlue to both purchase my one-way flight ($120.80) and Jetson's ticket ($100 pet fee). He was ready to fly. That is, he was ready to fly until I stupidly missed the flight by overestimating a delay and underestimating taxi travel time to O'Hare. As it was the last flight that day, the JetBlue agent rebooked both of us onto the 7am the next day.

To shack up for the night, I used the awesome HotelTonight app to instantly score the pet-friendly Doubletree by Hilton O'Hare for $95 ($108 total).

Bright and early the next morning, after making use of the shuttle bus to the airport, Jetson underwent his first TSA search. I removed him from his carrier, held onto his harness and carried him through a metal detector. The TSA agent then called over a female agent to more closely search me (ah hem, pat-down) as others continued to pass through security and "aww" at the sight of me holding a kitten amidst the agents.

Clear of security, Jetson happily hung out in his carrier at his gate and ate and drank a snack. His first jet would be an Airbus A320 on this route from Chicago to NYC. We boarded standby after missing last night's flight, and managed to score one of the "Even More Space" seats—highly recommended when you're traveling with an under-the-seat pet carrier.

Jetson slept over the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, only meowing a bit on arrival. Though I had a tiny litterbox on hand, he ended up not needing it for the flight. A taxi ride home from the airport, and he did what everyone wants most to do after flying: nap in comfort for hours.


How to submit your own Travel Cat photo to be featured:
· Have a pic of a cute cat in an interesting world location.
· Tweet it to us @Jaunted with a few words on where you took the snap.
· OR Instagram it to us by posting the pic and including us (@Jaunted) and #TravelCat in the description
· Or you can always just email us the old-fashioned way.

If your kitty makes the cut, we'll feature it on Travel Cat (every Wednesday!) and link to your Twitter/Instagram/Facebook—whatever social network you get down with the most.

[Photos: Cynthia Drescher/Jaunted]

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