Various news sources seem uncertain whether to treat the news of a man bringing a pygmy marmoset on a flight from Peru to NYC as a "major health scare" or as a silly news-of-the-weird piece.
But the reason I'm mentioning this item is because of two throwaway asides in articles about it.
First, from the New York Daily News's "Couldn't keep monkey biz under his hat":
Somehow [the man carrying the monkey] managed to avoid the eye of airline screeners at two airports.
Laura Uselding, a spokeswoman for the Transportation Security Administration, said that had the monkey been carrying weapons or explosives, an alarm would have triggered.
I'm glad to hear that our nation is safe from the horrific risk of tiny monkeys carrying explosives. Your tax dollars at work! (If you're an American, that is.)
Second, from WCBS-TV's "Major Health Scare After Monkey Sneaks Onto Plane":
Witnesses worried of an outbreak that could result from the monkey being out in the open. "There may be worse things that could happen--it could grow into one of those big ones," one passenger said.
From the context, I'm guessing that "it" refers to the health risk, or something. But my first thought on reading that was, "Yeah, I guess New York has had a problem with big monkeys in the past."