A female passenger managed to smuggle a dog onto an aircraft before eventually being discovered.
The tiny Yorkshire Terrier did not alert security at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport in Israel as it was carried in the passenger’s handbag.
The British Airways aircraft, bound for Heathrow, had taxied as far as the runway when a passenger alerted cabin crew because of a squeaking noise from under a seat.
The plane returned to the terminal, where the woman was removed with her dog and luggage and taken to be questioned.
A spokesman for BA said: “We did not allow a female customer to travel on board our service from Tel Aviv to Heathrow today after it was discovered that she was carrying a small dog in her handbag.
“We apologise to our customers who experienced a delay to the departure of their flight as a result of this incident.”