Being curled up in a cage under an airplane seat can’t be much fun no matter how small you might be. Dogs need a place to stretch their legs when traveling and according to New York Times In Transit some airports around the US are responding to that need by incorporating dog parks into their landscapes and layouts.
This is all coming about to allow service dogs such as Seeing Eye Dogs a place for relief when traveling by air. Last year the Department of Transportation issued a mandate making airlines responsible for ensuring these areas are available. This has resulted in airlines and airports working together to get creative in providing pet areas.
Many airports have planted grassy spots or designated already existing areas, but, in many, all dogs must stay on their leashes. However, much to the benefit of travelers and their animals, some airports are going above and beyond the basic requirement. The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport has opened a 1,000-square-foot off-leash dog park located on the south end of the Ground Transportation area. Dogs can exercise and roam freely and biodegradable pet waste bags are provided for owners.
The website Petfriendlytravel.com has an ongoing list of all the pet relief areas and dog parks at airports across the US. If you will be traveling with a pet soon you can check out the list which is organized by state and airport to determine if your best buddy will have a place to stretch his legs before settling in the kennel for the long haul.
Lori Rice is a freelance health and travel writer, and Galavanting travel news and reviews correspondent. You can follow her adventures at 3 Star Traveler or explore her thoughts as a nutritionist, wellness advocate and foodie traveler at Fake Food Free.