Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Desperate to Get to SXSW, Woman Stows Away on Jet

Steven Kreytak writes in The Austin American-Statesman:

The 50-passenger Embraer 145 jet making the two-hour flight from St. Louis to Austin had just three seats per row and one tiny bathroom, which is where Catherine "Cat" Chow hid Saturday as the plane took off, desperate, she explained later to police, to get to the South by Southwest Music Festival.

Now the 33-year-old Chicago artist and clothing designer is in the Travis County Jail facing federal charges of stowing away on the flight.

Chow had been on the standby list for the flight, booked through American Airlines, but when she learned it was full, Chow snuck past the gate agents at the St. Louis airport and boarded, according to court documents.

More here.


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