Airport security's bizarre find inside carry-on bag

In events you don't see every day, a dog was found trapped inside a backpack while going through an X-ray machine at an airport.

Airport security shared the unnerving discovery on Twitter, saying "a dog was accidentally sent through the X-ray this week" in Dane County Regional Airport (MSN), in the US state of Wisconsin.

The photos showed a Chihuahua lying down in a zipped up black back pack, which was placed in a tray that went through the carry-on baggage scanner. Thanks to shocked security staff, the tiny dog was soon freed.

An X-ray of a dog found zipped up in a backpack at Dane County Regional Airport (MSN). Another photo of the bag in a tray.
A dog was found zipped up in a backpack at a regional airport in the US this week, while going through a security check. Source: Twitter/TSA_GreatLakes

"When traveling with any animal, notify your airline and know their rules," TSA Great Lakes tweeted. "At the checkpoint, remove your pet from the bag and send all items, including the empty carrier, to be screened in the machine."

Social media users react to dog in carry-on bag

People couldn't believe that someone would do that to their pet, taking to the comments to share their thoughts.

"What don't people understand about traveling with pets. If they can't pay the pet fare then don't fly...simple," one person said on Twitter.

"That is inhumane to carry a pet in a sealed backpack, which of course is not airline approved for carrying a pet," another said. "Most likely they were trying to get past not having to pay the carry-on pet fee. Sick."

Some slammed the act as animal abuse. "This is clearly not an accident! This is animal cruelty and the owner should be out in jail," one person said.

X-ray reveals wild find inside traveller's suitcase: 'Shocked'

Though uncommon, another animal was recently also found in luggage, with the cat almost losing one of its nine lives before an airport security guard made the discovery during a routine scan.

As a suitcase passed through the X-ray machine in New York, a stowaway was spotted inside. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) took to Twitter to let “the cat out of the bag".

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“A TSA officer was shocked to find an orange cat inside a checked bag at JFK airport after it went through the X-ray unit,” Lisa Farbstein, a TSA spokesperson, tweeted. “[The] traveller said the cat belonged to someone else in his household. On the bright side, the cat’s out of the bag and safely back home.”

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