Airport officials and firefighters were informed of the situation and, for a period of 24 minutes, flights were suspended as a search was undertaken. Airport authorities feared that the dog could be hurt or could cause damage to a plane, so a descending flight was diverted to another airport and, all in all, four flights were delayed.
So what's the lesson here, pet travelers? Follow procedure, be careful, and don't allow your pets to go unrestrained. The hubbub of an airport runway is enough to spook even the calmest dog, so be sure to keep animals either on a leash or inside their travel crate at all times.
Luckily, stories like this are pretty rare, and here at PetRelocation.com we move pets all the time without incident. Interested in how it all should work? Take a look at how Continental Airlines handles their pet transportation, and notice how (thankfully) drama-free the normal pet travel routine actually is.