Service Animals Get Some Relief Inside Philadelphia International Airport
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Finally, service dogs can get some relief inside Philadelphia International Airport.
Philly.com reported the airport has installed seven pet-relief areas across six of its terminals.
The seven-foot by eight-foot spaces can be found at Terminals A-East, A-West, B, C, D, E and F and feature artificial grass, a faux fire hydrant and bags for convenient cleanup.
"A lot of our clients have fatigue issues, pain issues, so on a layover to have to go outside, find an area, then get back through security to their gate, it's inconvenient and stressful," Canine Partners for Life trainer Jessica Spencer told Philly.com.
While pet restrooms are nothing new to airports, they are typically only available outside, where most animals are accustomed to going.
Airport spokeswoman Mary Flannery said that airlines rather than taxpayers will cover the $6,000 cost of each station.
Not Just Philly
Philadelphia International isn't alone in installing indoor pet-relief stations.
The new feature arrives as a new federal regulation goes into effect requiring airports with 10,000 or more annual passengers to provide indoor areas past security checkpoints where pets can relieve themselves. The areas must also be wheelchair-accessible and close to airline gates so service animals can access them regardless of whether they're departing or arriving.
The Department of Transportation's motivation for implementing the rule stems from lengthy security lines that can be twice as bad for service animal owners who have to leave the airport and return so their pet can relieve themselves.
Disabled travelers accompanied by service animals who are catching a connecting flight will benefit immensely considering their time is limited.
Across the country, indoor pet relief areas will be installed at approximately 849 airport terminals, according to Philly.com.
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