All airports in the United States that service over 10,000 passengers per year must have a pet relief area in every terminal by this August, according to federal regulation.
This is great news for the traveling public.
Initially, pet relief areas were focused on providing areas for service animals. But interest and need has grown particularly in providing pet relief areas after passengers pass through airport security (not just in an outdoor area).
An outdoor pet relief area at LAX
I’ve blogged about pet relief areas before. Here are the links.
The Detroit Metropolitan Airport has just invested $75,000 for a dog loo primarily to support service dogs traveling with their owners.
Service dogs Jello, right, and Cricket sniff around the new Service Animal Relief Area at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (AP Photo/Detroit Free Press, Mandi Wright)
Most dogs in airports are certified service dogs but this facility will also help passengers who are flying with their dogs on holiday or to events like dog shows. Small dogs can fly in the cabin of most US airlines providing they meet size restrictions.
For other blogs about dogs, relief areas and airports read these postings:
In 2008, the US Government passed legislation requiring service animals that are flying to have indoor and outdoor relief facilities. For most airports, this law has been interpreted as a requirement to have a relief area somewhere on site but not necessarily in major traffic areas.
San Diego’s Airport (Terminal 2 to be exact) has gone a step further to cater for the flying canine. They have installed a really posh doggy toilet past the security checkpoints.
The toilet features a fire hydrant, artificial grass and a hand washing basin for the owners.
Just a sign of the times – progress is made every day to ensure that dogs and their owners have appropriate facilities. (Pet relief areas have become a true godsend to air travelers who are traveling with their dog.) Appropriate facilities reduce the risk of conflicts between dog owners and those who are not doggy people.
Well done San Diego Airport!
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Did you know that in 2008, the US Department of Transportation passed a law called the Air Carrier Accessibility Act? This Act requires airports to have relief facilities available to service dogs.
Many airports have since realised the value of catering to their customers who are traveling with their dogs and opened up these facilities not only to service dogs but all dogs. One airport that is leading the way is the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. This airport has pet parks at all three of its passenger terminals. They are:
The Bone Yard (Terminal 4)
The Paw Pad (Terminal 3)
The Pet Patch (Terminal 2)
If you are traveling through Phoenix, remember that the Airport offers these facilities and, if you’re not, here’s a great video of the Airport’s pet parks for you to enjoy: