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The cat managed to slip through the cockpit door as a flight attendant served lunch to the pilots.
Originally posted by Nerdling
If it was a Persian do you think they'll class it as a terrorist? **
Small pets may be carried in suitable luggage in the cabin
As an investigation got under way into Monday's incident, Mr. Sciot explained that it appeared to be essentially a freak accident, caused by a series of circumstances:
- The cat's owner was apparently sleeping when it escaped from its travelling bag
- A child in a neighbouring seat may have interfered with the bag, releasing the cat
- Nobody alerted the crew before the cat slipped into the cockpit as meals were being served to the crew
He stressed, too, that the cockpit had been open for no more than "five to 10" seconds, in respect of safety guidelines brought in after the 11 September 2001 hijackings over America.