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" seatshighly 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.
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