The U.S. Military Scrambled F-16s to Fend Off a Crazy Cat Lady
Keeping America safe from cat scratch fever
On Aug. 28, two F-16s from the Colorado Air National Guard’s 140th Wing took off from Buckley Air Force Base. Their mission? Escort a Boeing 767 passenger jet flying from Frankfurt, Germany to Las Vegas.
The Condor airlines plane needed to make an emergency stop in Denver to rid itself of Zaneta Hucikova — an international supermodel from the Czech Republic — and her feline companion.
“I heard she got a cat with her on the plane and the plane crew didn’t know she was going to take a cat with her on the plane,” passenger Fritz Peterson told Denver CBS affiliate KCNC‑TV.
According to a mix of reports from local news agencies, Hucikova snuck the precious cargo aboard the international flight and then demanded the crew allow her to sit with her “comfort cat.” The tensions in the air grew when the flight crew, not content to allow the kitty to wander, locked it in the bathroom.
“That lady wasn’t happy with the crew putting their cat in the lavatory and then everything went wrong. She started screaming and shouting in the back,” Peterson said.
The passengers said Hucikova then became violent. She slapped a flight attendant and tossed a paper cup at another. The crew decided to make an emergency landing, and the Air Force scrambled the F-16s to help bring the plane in safe.
Federal authorities detained Hucikova in Denver. Turns out she had overstayed her work visa. The cat remains in custody under the careful supervision of federal authorities.
People on the Internet are calling the model a crazy cat lady. But can someone who loves cats so much that it takes two F-16s to bring her in really be crazy?