A 2015 ruling by the Department of Transportation is finally coming to fruition in some of the nation’s busiest airports, and it means good news for our furry traveling friends. Any airport servicing more than 10,000 a year must install one animal relief area in each terminal past its security checkpoints.
The addition is expected to make airports more service animal-friendly, and in turn, more accessible to those passengers needing their service animal to travel.
LAX was one of the first locations to debut the mandated relief areas. The airport is now home to seven relief stations.
Denver International and Lambert St. Louis airports were the most recent to unveil their new animal relief areas. Denver’s relief areas boasts Astroturf, a drainage system, and artificial rock, while St. Louis sprung for decorations, like fire hydrants, in its relief area. Both are equipped with bags, disposal containers, and soap, to assist pet owners in cleanup.
“This is another step in improving the travel experience for all of our passengers, especially those who rely on service animals to travel,” said Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge, director of St Louis Airport. “Now those passengers with long layovers or connecting flights can more easily accommodate their animals with these new facilities without the hassle of going back through a security checkpoint.”
John. F. Kennedy International Airport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, San Diego International Airport, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Memphis International Airport, and a host of others are in the process of installing pet relief areas now.
Over the next 20 years, an estimated 800 relief areas will be installed, revolutionizing the way pets and their owners travel.
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