This is a true story.
Ted stows away on departing aircraft. Some think it is just airport lore but others know it's true. Do not doubt that Ted the Cat of Steamboat Springs/Bob Adams field in Steamboatsprings Colorado is a stowaway. He will climb aboard your aircraft and hide, revealing himself only in flight.
Ted is the airport security cat and is good at what he does; mice dare not lay a claim to Steamboatsprings turf and sparrows are caughtin mid-flight as they try to take off. There's no escaping Ted. That said, everybody needs some time off. Every day Ted watches people fly off to exotic locations and sometimes it just becomes too much to bear.
His best caper was a flight to New Mexico. When he came forward to great the pilot in the cockpit at the halfway point, the pilot was too far into the flight to turn back. Ted ran up an $80 bill at an animal care center with room service before he was shipped home. Airport officials have pardoned him for that, and the other three times he did it. Now Ted has a computer chip in him that provides his real identity.
Once a pilot reported he was returning to the airport to drop off a passenger. The pilot had just departed so the call was puzzling. The aircraft taxiied to a stop, the door opened, Ted was ejected and the aircraft departed again.
An airport official said that Ted" nonchalantly" walks near an airplane he knows will soon depart. Then he disappears inside. He's smart enough to avoid propellors-although he is down to eight lives. He slept under the tug once and was roughed up, but recovered by the time he reached the vet's office. If he wasn't so good with kids he would probably lose his job.