New Pet Bathrooms at DC Airports

New Pet Bathrooms at DC Airports

Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport now has “pet relief areas” so traveling dogs can go to the bathroom. Similar facilities just opened at nearby Dulles Airport, including one in the post-security area. Dogs are equally relieved at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI). In fact, jet-set puppies poop at many U.S. airports.

Federal regulations require that airports be accessible to disabled passengers who travel with registered service dogs (such as Seeing Eye Dogs), and dogs need to do … what dogs need to do. Airports figure that other passengers’ pooches might as well use the facilities, too.

Airport dog relief areas are fenced and supplied with plastic bags for poop-scooping. Many also feature decorative faux fire hydrants.


Hat tip: WTOP News.

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2 Responses to “New Pet Bathrooms at DC Airports”

  1. FoxyFido Says:

    Great news! I’ve often worried about traveling pets who, in addition to having to “hold it” during a long flight, also remain unable to relieve themselves in the airport. Thumbs up to Reagan National Airport for thinking of our furry friends and the humans they help.

  2. tdl1501 Says:

    It was so difficult to find a place for our dog to go after being on a three-hour flight plus two extra hours in the crate pre-boarding and before we could sign the papers to spring her. Hopefully other airports will follow suit. Cheers, D

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