Philadelphia International Airport Added a Restroom … for Dogs


Image via Philadelphia International Airport.

Traveling on a plane with dogs just became much easier with the 2018 addition of a pet restroom at Philadelphia International Airport, writes Joe Trinacria for Philadelphia magazine.

The  “Animal Relief Area” located at Terminal D was the first of several that the airport plans to add over the next few years. One of them is expected to open in Terminal E in the second half of next year, while the ones in terminals A-West, B, and C are expected to be operational by 2020.

Airports were given a directive in 2016 by the U.S. Department of Transportation to include restroom facilities for pets due to the recent increase in registered service dogs. The temporary dog bathrooms installed at PHL after the directive are now being converted to permanent spaces.

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The space includes doggie waste bags, a trash receptacle, and a hand-washing station for owners. There’s also an exterior waiting bench equipped with phone-charging ports.

“The permanent relief areas are intended to be helpful and provide a less stressful airport experience for travelers who may have their service animal or pet with them,” said Keith Brune, PHL’s chief operating officer.

Read more about the airport’s latest addition in Philadelphia magazine by clicking here.

Editor’s Note: This post first appeared June 28, 2018.

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