Second, it seems that after all of those threats to remove Pickles from the cargo hold...that removal process did not in fact take place.
We found out mid-taxi from gate to runway. The captain pulled us over, while a cargo loader drove out to us and extracted the tiny feline from the hold.
Surprisingly efficient! Bravo United...and thank goodness. You may recall my delayed flight a few weeks ago when some missing paperwork caused us to return to the gate.
Safe returns, Pickles.