When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get to SxSW Overnight

Posted in Get Out Of Jail, The Law, The Morning Commute, Total Fucking Terror at 10:45 am by

I went to Austin last weekend, obstensibly for SxSW, but mostly to have fun with my friends who live there. That said, if I had to miss a flight, it doesn’t make much sense to do what Cat Chow did (from NBC-5, Chicago):

A Chicago woman accused of stowing away on a plane to attend the South by Southwest Festival faces a federal charge.

Catherine “Cat” Chow, a 33-year-old artist, was on the standby list for a flight from St. Louis to Austin, booked through American Airlines. When she found out the flight was full, Chow snuck past gate agents, boarded the plane and hid in the bathroom, authorities said.

Chow told authorities she “knew what she did was wrong, but wanted to meet with her friends in Austin . . . to participate in the South by Southwest activities,” documents said.

Airport police said they found marijuana and six antidepressant tablets without a prescription label.

Chow was charged with boarding an airplane without permission, a federal crime, and two state misdemeanors, possession of marijuana and possession of a dangerous drug.

Chow was being held in the Travis County jail on a $3,000 bail.

On the one hand, I feel sorry for Cat Chow as she seemed like a cool person (disclaimer: met her once or twice when I lived in Chicago, saw her play with Plastic Crimewave Sound a couple times) and a good artist/designer. On the other hand, sheesh, what a bad idea.

8 responses to “When You Absolutely, Positively Have to Get to SxSW Overnight”

  1. GC says:

    Really makes me feel great about the job the airlines and TSA are doing. No disrepect to your acquaintance, Joel, but she hardly seems like a criminal mastermind. If it is that easy to scam your way onto a flight, we’re all fucked.

  2. Joel Hunt says:

    I don’t think that’s a problem they have in Austin, considering I almost missed my flight Monday morning due to the humongously long line for security. Haven’t seen anything like that at any airport since right after 9/11.

  3. Repoz says:

    Are you sure this isn’t some sort of wacko Marshall plan to self-promote the latest from Cat Power?

  4. GC says:


    to the best of my knowledge, there is no connection between Cat Chow and Cat Power. Other than the mutual admiration society that all great artists belong to.

  5. kt says:

    plastic crimewave sound was supposed to play at sub-t last night opening for zolar x. i opted to stay in and watch college hoops.

  6. Joel Hunt says:

    Good choice. Watching Duke lose is better than seeing just about any band.

  7. mts says:

    not sure what’s dumber: cops in texas pre-emptively arresting people in bars or this. alsoenough, cat chow’s bio on the PCS website lists her birthday as 2/5/83…

  8. b says:

    She is retarded for thinking she could get away with it.
    Also who would try this with drugs on them?

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