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JetBlue Flight Turns Around Due to Escaped Pax Dog

JetBlue Flight Turns Around Due to Escaped Pax Dog
Ryan Boyd

JetBlue passenger Gwen Wunderlich begged to be allowed to deplane her Costa Rica-bound flight after being made aware that her beloved Chow Chow, Cash, had broken free of his dog walker in New York City, leading her owners on a six-hour search.

“I told the stewardess. I got up, and she was like, ‘Are you sure? We can only turn around for emergencies,’ […] I’m like, ‘this is an emergency for me,’” said Wunderlich.

Cash was eventually found in a deli, lying down behind the counter.

To read more on this story, go to Q Costa Rica.

[Photo: Gwen Wunderlich]

View Comments (8)


  1. kayun

    October 24, 2017 at 2:10 am

    Well that was rather selfish of her. She’s delayed everyone on the flight the time it takes to go back to the gate and deplane her and any baggage. Not to mention tying up a gate for an inbound flight.

  2. HomerJay

    October 24, 2017 at 5:21 am

    “Cash was eventually found in a deli, lying down behind the counter.’

    “WHO’S a good dog? Good dog, Cash!”

    Smart doggie, too.

  3. jrpallante

    October 24, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Another nutjob disrupting travel for hundreds of other passengers. Doubly nutty for having a dog that has not been neutered.

  4. upintheair3

    October 24, 2017 at 10:45 am

    Yea, that’s what you did I’m sure, in a calm voice check with flight attendant to see if plane can turn around because your dog is lost. Should be black listed from all carriers.

  5. inet32

    October 24, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    Why on earth did JetBlue accede to her demands? This does not make me want to fly JetBlue.

  6. afCAMEO


    October 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    Why all the hostility? Some people believe their animals are part of the family. Especially in New York having a dog lost is certainly an issue I wouldn’t want to deal with.

  7. UncleDude

    October 24, 2017 at 3:53 pm

    Had this been a European EU Area Flight then it could have cost the Airline Tens of Thousands of Dollars in Statutory Compensation. Whoever made this asinine decision should IMHO be fired.

    Thankfully Costa Rica is not a connection Hub.

  8. r m a h

    October 24, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    ridiculous. people who think their dogs are their kids. if they are your “kids”, then pay to bring them on the trip. or. don’t take the trip.

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