Coyote Stopped At Airport Security Checkpoint

December 23, 2015

A coyote ran inside a South Carolina airport baggage claim area on Tuesday but was caught at a security checkpoint before it could get into the terminals, officials said.

No one was injured and no flights were delayed, said Kirk Lovell, assistant director of airports at Myrtle Beach, where the coyote was first spotted around 10 am local time.

The coyote was removed from Myrtle Beach Airport by Horry County animal control, Lovell said.

The coyote was first seen by airport personnel, who chased it unsuccessfully before the animal control officers were called, he said.

The animal ended up cornered next to a Transportation Safety Administration checkpoint, Lovell said.

"It did not get through the security checkpoint, so the TSA is doing a fantastic job of stopping anybody without ID or boarding passes," he said.

The checkpoint was closed briefly but no passengers missed their flights.